I was recently asked, "Do you have a life outside of being a mom?" This was not asked with ill intent, but I've never had someone ask that in such a straight forward manner before. I was unsure of what to say, not because I'm unsure of where I want to be in my life, but because I didn't know how to express myself. In short, I don't have a life outside of being a mama to my three girls, but my life is lived fully. I babbled a bit about the homeschooling community being a big part of my life, and the fact that I have a baby that I don't feel comfortable being away from yet, and that I'm sure that when I feel the need for more in my life that I will be able to find it in some form or another.
The truth is that I don't have a life outside of being a mom, but I have a life which fully includes being a Mama. I have no shortage of social interaction, or time for creativity, self-expression, love, kindness, fulfillment, laughter, movement, and friendship. These just all happen to include my children. I will have greater amounts of the illusive "time to myself" as they all grow and become more and more independent members of the community, and I will find meaningful ways to fill that time, but for me, right now, being a mama is the most meaningful thing I could be doing every... single... day.
"There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world
than a transformation of the way we raise our children." Marianne Williamson