My 2016 will be a very special year. We are welcoming a new member to our family and I know it’s going to be life changing . Nothing has ever touched, changed and turned the world upside down as much as having my daughter, which is why I know 2016 will be memorable.
Motherhood has been the most amazing yet hardest challenge I’ve ever faced. Although the most rewarding. Fighting through a period as long as 15 months with no more than 2-5 hours of sleep per night wasn’t easy. I learned so much about myself, conquered my own limits and best of all I’ve become so much less selfish and self centered. That is what changed me the most actually, being genuinely more happy through my daughters happiness. If she’s happy, so am I.
I also learned what real time stopping love is. The love I have for my child is different than anything else I’ve ever experienced. It puts all other kind of love in perspective. It is so pure, always present, unconditional and self-evident.
I never thought I had so much room for love in my heart. I often feel like I could burst out of love for my family. That is the reason I can’t even imagine what this year has to offer me, since I know the amount will double once again. Therefore I welcome this year with open and hopeful arms, knowing it will be a big one.
We are all just a car crash,
an unexpected phone call,
a newfound love,
or a broken heart away
from becoming a completely different person.
How beautifully fragile are we
that so many things can take
but a moment
who we are for
-Samuel Decker Thompson
Pictures by Janita Autio