Today is my first son’s birthday. He’s turning 9. NINE. It’s funny that in my mind, I’m stuck at the age of 25. Whenever anyone asks me how old I am, that’s the first number that comes to mind. Shockingly, I’m actually 34. Yup, I know, I look much younger that that. And I feel much younger than that…until days like today come around and I’m faced with the fact that the little baby I was just rocking and shooshing to sleep a few months ago, is NINE YEARS OLD. (I also feel a bit older than 25 every time I go out with a certain Sparkle.Pounce. sister – ahem…STEPHANIE!! – and I get carded and she doesn’t. But, I won’t dwell on that one right now…)
So, back to my baby turning 9….
When my boys actually were little babies and toddlers, I could easily pretend to be strong. They really didn’t know the difference. In the eyes of tiny people, moms and dads are their heroes, strong or not. But now that they’re getting older, I really want to be strong for them, in every way. I want to lead by example and actively show them my strength in work ethic, faith, friendships, family, health and fitness, and any other area of my life that I’m working on.
On Saturday, I decided to do an afternoon workout and have my son join me. (This was rare because I usually save my workouts for before the kids get up in the morning or after they go to bed at night.) It was so awesome to sweat and laugh through this workout with him. And the best part was that he couldn’t do a lot of the things that I was doing. He finally got to see that Mom actually is pretty strong! (**Insert sweaty selfie!)
As I change my running/fitness focus from slow and steady, to strong and fast, I’m realizing how awesome it feels to get stronger. Just 3 months ago I literally couldn’t do 3 “boy” push-ups. Right now I’m up to 30 consecutive and a lot more than that with breaks in between!
My plan is to keep on pushing and continue to get stronger. I’m doing it for me, for my kids, for my husband, for my family, for my friends, for my coworkers, and for everyone else I come in contact with! Because you know what, there’s something pretty amazing about a strong woman. And that’s what I want to be.
And let’s go ahead and raise some strong men too!