When did we stop celebrating us?

By Bridgette Petrino | self

Jul 14

If there’s one thing I learned this summer, it’s that all kids celebrate themselves.

Approximately every five minutes I hear the same thing from one of my three kids, “Mom look! See what I did. Watch how I can beat this level. Look how high I can swing… “

And every time I hear “Mom LOOK…” my first reaction is… I’ve seen it all. I’ve. Seen. It. ALL!

Note to self: be more patient, or present, or SOMETHING.

But, it got me thinking… When did I stop celebrating myself?

How often do I do something great and then let someone know about it? I don’t even tell my husband. Like, “LOOK Anthony, I got published here. I got a ton of new subscribers today! I created this new course!”

Maybe not even great stuff, but when is the last time I was proud of myself for the “smaller” victories?

“I worked out today. Or, I finished the laundry AND put it all away. I made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for five people (even if not everyone actually ate it.)”

No. I don’t tell anybody. I hold it in.

And, then I say things to myself like, “I should’ve made it better. I could really improve on this. It’s not good enough yet. Or, I need to make this more like her thing.”

When did we make that shift FROM: look at me/look at what I can do —> TO: it’s not good enough/it never will be/I don’t want to brag/I’m just gonna compare myself to everyone who appears better?

OUCH.

We are telling and selling ourselves a bunch of bullshit, and we need to stop listening and buying it.

It’s time to celebrate us again. Like we used to do.

I’m going to make a conscious effort to change that now. For me, for you, and for my kids.


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About the Author

Bridgette is Founder and CEO of Mommy Needs a Timeout. She empowers moms to reconnect with their identities OUTSIDE of being a mom, without the guilt.

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