child birth, Family, Parenting, Women

Joy or No Joy…Either Way is Okay.

I pitched a piece recently to a big publisher and was rejected. I knew the piece was good, and important, so I didn’t get discouraged. I submitted to InspireMore and was picked up right away. Once I shared it, I couldn’t get over the reaction – people were sending me messages about how they felt the same way and thanking me for sharing my story.

The truth is, child birth is HARD. No one really talks about the realities of bringing a baby into the world – what it does to our bodies, minds, and emotions. It’s REALLY hard. The article was shared by one person who felt like it would save lives. That’s how little we are talking about how hard child birth is.

Someone else told me that after her child was born, she’d never felt so lonely or isolated in her life. She said that reading my words was the first time she’d ever heard of someone else feeling the same way. Ya’ll, we should be talking about this more.

The truth is, I didn’t immediately feel joy after my daughter was born. The joy came, just not right away, like everyone told me it would (and should).

So while the original outlet didn’t want to share my nuggets of wisdom, not only did InspireMore happily do it, but so did Today Parents. So remember two things: 1) If you are feeling something, chances are someone else is too. You are rarely alone. and 2) Don’t ever let rejection get in the way of kicking ass.

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