This one was hard and I mulled over what to use. Revolution? Responsibility? Revelation? They all interrelate for me and are a huge part of who I am today.
I guess the revelation was the starting point though. That moment when I realised that our maternity care system is broken. That more time is spent protecting hospitals and their workers than mothers and their babies. The moment when I realised that my family's wellbeing is MY responsibility. That I hold the responsibility for all my decisions and choices and their consequences.
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Which all led to me joining the birthing revolution. The movement that is aiming to help women remember and rediscover their power. That is reminding women that birth belongs to them. That is encouraging women to question and to take responsibility for themselves, their babies, their families, their decisions, their lives.
There are many times when I am NOT one bit grateful for the revelations that came to me. It's hard to watch other women fall into the system, to see them lied to by care providers, to watch my clients be bullied, knowing that they system is so much bigger and stronger than any individual.
But today, as I am writing out my own birthing journeys and putting into words some of the powerful revelations I came to, I am grateful. Grateful for all I learned. Grateful for how I grew from it. Grateful for the biggest revelation of all. Me. x
What is the gratitude challenge? I set myself this challenge as a way of maintaining some mindfulness and gratitude, but also to help me take time each and every day to focus on my writing.
I would welcome anyone else who wants to join the challenge. The rules are simple: Start at a and work your way through to z. You must do one each day, include a photo and they must be at least 2 paragraphs - after all the idea is to work on your writing not just your gratefulness.