Think back, if you will, to “pre-baby life”. What were you spending most of your time doing? Were you the career driven individual, always seeking to better yourself to become a greater asset to your employer? Were you the socialite who made sure to make an appearance at every public event, always dressed to impress and striking up conversations with as many guests as possible? Maybe you were already deeply involved in family life, taking care of your partner and children, playing the roles of chauffer, room mom, and chef. Whatever your purpose was pre-baby, it changed the moment you found out you were going to be a parent, whether it was the first time or the fourth time!
For some, just the news that they are going to be a parent is enough to change their drive, or what they feel is their purpose. For others, the change in feeling occurs when they bring their baby home for the first time. Suddenly finishing a project for work or deciding what to wear to the next social gathering seem trivial compared to your responsibility as a parent. For someone who already has older children, bringing home a new baby still alters their feeling of purpose. Now there is one more life to be responsible for, one more mouth to feed, one more human in which to instill morals and
Throughout your life, you have probably felt your purpose change several times. At different stages of life it is natural to experience different ambitions and drives. Once you become a parent however, all those past motivations seem so insignificant when compared to your new role. The feeling of purpose you experience as a parent outweighs any other purposes you may have felt in your life previously. The amount of responsibility you are faced with as well as the amounts of love and uncertainty you feel when you become a parent make this new purpose of yours unlike any other.
Holding your newborn in your arms makes you feel important, like you have accomplished an amazing miracle, and also reminds you that your new purpose is just beginning. The purpose you feel as a parent is a lifelong gift. You are responsible for this child’s upbringing, their safety, to teach them right from wrong, to help their minds develop, to guide them. Though the purposes you may have felt in the past probably had limits, such as reaching the top of the career ladder, the motivations of being a parent are endless. The purpose you feel as a parent will provide inspiration and motivation for you for the rest of your life!
Take time during this holiday season to be grateful so such an amazing, meaningful gift of purpose! Stop now and then to think about what your motivations are now that you are a parent. PINK Newborn Services would love to hear stories about how your feeling of purpose changed when you become a parent! Please share with us any special thoughts about how the purpose you have felt in the past now feels insignificant compared to your new purpose as a parent.
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