“It’s the best thing I do. My name is Stephanie Nielson and I am a mother.”
You know how every once in while comes someone or something that inspires you? Or something that makes you feel absolutely small? I had that feeling today. No, I had both those feelings today as I chanced upon the NieNieDialogues while reading a post on Design Mom.
NieNieDialogues is a blog by Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson, an airplane crash survivor with 80% body burns, who will probably have surgeries for the rest of her life. Amidst her painful recovery, she tries to lead a happy life with her family of seven, writes blogs and has just written a book, Heaven Is Here.
Reading her posts about everyday life and watching her videos is like getting holes punched all over me. I’m leaking emotions. I’m sad about what happened to her, I’m amazed at her strength and courage, I’m in awe of her and I hope desperately that she gets better with each passing day. Also, my problems don’t seem so big anymore, the opportunities to realise my dreams seem infinite and yet again I’m grateful about the life I have and the people in it.
As I get ready to close the NieNieDialogues, I watch a video of what it means to Stephanie to be a mother. She says:
“For as long as I remember, I’ve always wanted to be a mother. It fulfils me in ways nothing else can. It’s often chaotic and very very hard. It is the best thing I do. My name is Stephanie Nielson and I am a mother.”
It gets me thinking: My life is a gift. Am I building my life around what I do best?
I hope so…I’m getting there. What about you?