A personal essay I wrote on my feelings on pregnancy and impending motherhood has been published this morning on Musings on Life and Love. I’m really excited about participating in this site’s fascinating conversation on life lessons.
This might sound kind of imperious, but I kind of want everyone who’s ever going to talk to me about my child and my parenting decisions to read this essay, so that they know where I stand on certain things. Maybe I’m delusional, but I imagine that if my friends and family members read this essay, they’d understand some of the pressures I’m feeling, and so they wouldn’t say to me the kinds of things that will set me off writing more impassioned essays. Although I enjoyed writing this essay and I’m gratified that it’s appearing more widely than here on my tiny blog, so I don’t really want to prevent a repeat performance. Anyway, this essay only covers a small but important aspect of the gigantic topic of motherhood: fear of identity loss caused by excessive sacrifice. So I’m sure there’s plenty of other territory that could be covered by future well-meaning comments and impassioned essays, thankfully.