So, there I was a young woman who had just begun to blossom, clueless as to how I was going to make it all happen, but I knew the only way to learn was to simple take one day at a time. This scary and uneventful situation at the time had turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made. Here are 5 reasons why being a young mom has changed me for the better.
I WAS FORCED TO RIP OFF THE BANDAID
I’ve always been pretty mature for my age, I didn’t really indulge in things that my counterparts enjoyed. I was well rounded, but like most 22-year olds, I was self-absorbed. Nothing really says, “Get your head out of your ass” quite like becoming a mother. It’s impossible to be a parent and be selfish at the same time. While it wasn’t what I had in mind at the age of 22, I had to trade in long nights at kickbacks to rocking my son to sleep. After a while, I found it rewarding and then I eventually didn’t miss the things that I was once accustomed to.
2. I LEARNED TO TAKE CARE OF ME
Before my son, Ayden was born I ate just like every college kid does! Knowing that there was another human being dependent on me made me reevaluate my living habits. I began to eat healthier and live healthier to ensure I could fulfill my duties as Supermom.
3. I’LL HAVE AN EMPTY NEST SOONER THAN MOST
My son will be in college or embarking a life of his own by the time I’m 40. I’ll still be young and vacationing the world while most of my counterparts will still be carpooling their kids’ softball teams to practice.
4. I’LL ALWAYS BE THE “COOL” MOM AND GRANDMOTHER
I think it’s safe to say there are parents and then there are cool parents. Luckily, I was raised by some pretty cool people and now I get a chance to be for my son what they were for me. Being a younger parent has its benefits; your child will feel more comfortable confiding in you because not too long ago you were in their shoes.
5. I TURNED A POSSIBLE CATASTROPHE INTO AN OPPORTUNITY
My mother taught me very young in life that everything you face is another opportunity to learn. You either rise to the occasion or plummet. A lot of people tried to convince me that I was ruining my life and that it would be too hard living by myself and trying to provide for my son while working full time. But, if I never made the decision to be a mother, I would have never known that I was capable of everything most people didn’t believe I could do.