For me, the start to this year wasn’t the greatest. I sadly lost a dear friend to cancer at just 38 years old and I am struggling to help another close friend of the same age with significant health problems.
After I also turned 38 in late January, I found myself reflecting on not only the current sadness and frustrations in my life but also the things that bring me joy, contentment and a sense of achievement in my life. Like most people would at a time like this, I struggled to find motivation or feel particularly positive with anything resembling a clear head.
In early February I went to one of my best friend’s 40th birthday party. Prior to the party my mood was pretty sombre but as she is very important to me I was going to go regardless. At the party I met another of her good friends who had just given birth to a beautiful little girl, (her 4th child – a wonderful surprise) and I was given the opportunity to have a cuddle with her.
As I held this precious little bundle it all came flooding back to me why we put one foot in front of the other each day. Babies have an amazing ability to put life into perspective for us all. They are helpless, so we are needed, they love unconditionally, (instant ego boost!), their capacity to learn given their age is nothing short of amazing, and let’s not forget the divine cuddles that you could continue with until the end of time.
Some of my very favourite life moments to date have been when someone close to me has their very first baby. The huge sense of achievement that is felt by these new parents is indescribable and to hear a first time Mum or Dad talk about their new baby like they are the first people in history to ever give birth is to me just magical (& often quite cute & hilarious too!)
One of my closest friends, Grant & his gorgeous partner Mel have just had their first baby together in early February, a darling little boy named Jaxon. Grant is the epitome of a first time Dad, giving me Jaxon’s birth story in detail, talking to me about baby products like an expert and bragging about his newfound sleep patterns. Even though I am yet to meet this little boy, I have been allowed to share in Grant & Mel’s joy at his birth and I truly feel like I know him already and am a part of his new life. I am excited to watch Jaxon grow up and shape his own future with the loving support of his adoring parents.
As quickly as I was immersed into sadness and frustration I was able to remerge with a reminder of why it is important to live life to the full. Simply put, children inspire me and make me happy. Although perhaps I didn’t necessarily realise it at the time, it is no surprise to the people that know me well, that I co-founded a business that basically centre’s itself around children and their needs.
So with just a little cuddle and of course the birth of the divine Mr Jaxon, I feel back on track and reminded of the joy that only little people to bring to us.