You’ve probably seen this video floating around on the internet lately, as social media tends to make these things spread.
I’m not going to get into the mobility category of this job if it were me looking at the requirements. It just simply wouldn’t fly with me if I read it in the job listings, I tend not to stand very often. Personal preference. 😉
The point is, it’s really quite a selfless job where others are put first. The self comes after, if at all. I’m not a mother, and I’m pretty sure I never will be in this life time, but it seems to me that there are at least a few, if not many, who flat out decide they WANT to have this position in their lives. I suppose that’s not saying they want to deal with everything involved in being a mother. I can’t see my own mother saying “Ok so, lets have a child with Spina Bifida! I want a child who can’t walk and who needs to go see all these professionals in London at least once or twice per year and deal with a plethora of oddities in the human condition created by Spina Bifida.” And not simply because I don’t think of her using the words “plethora of oddities” which came to my mind out of the blue to succinctly describe conditions created by my… condition. The hours upon hours spent in waiting rooms at the Children’s clinic, and many more hours spent in hospital x ray department waiting rooms can’t have been that hopping of a party. I mean, there were a lot of people as I recall but the booze wasn’t flowing and the Fermented Oranges weren’t even a thought back in those days as far as I am aware. New Kids on the Block might have been around and perhaps popular, but not in those waiting rooms. Tangent end: But that wasn’t my point.
There are plenty of unpleasant things involved with being a mother which the video above outlines quite well. You’re dealing with young people through sickness and health, through coping with varying relationships, friendships, struggles and triumphs, and perhaps other dilemmas, conundrums and interesting situations. You’re dealing with seeing your children’s triumphs and misfortunes on the journey toward reaching and perhaps surpassing their dreams using these very triumphs and misfortunes to their advantage. In fact, as the video shows we expect something for ourselves when we think of jobs or employment. We have this idea that we are entitled to things when we are employed. It seems that our ego awakens and tells us we deserve breaks, we deserve time off, we deserve this or that. Funny how all that changes when we look at the title of the job in this video! People take so much for granted sometimes. I guess mostly it is if you take it for granted that any people or things around you are yours to use as you please without any thought or consideration for how it would affect anything but yourself.
If you’re dealing with too much in self discovery and self-improvement it can be too much to even consider having or raising a child. If you’re too self-focused it might be challenging to have one or more young ones around you who are innocent and open to so many different influences in the world and need strong and positive guidance to ensure they start off on the right path to greatness. I can only be thankful that my own mother never seemed to run into that. She was always there, like the job description in the video requests. She was, and still is always there to the best of her ability. Not only that, but with my dad’s regular traveling, even from a distance I can receive their love and support… and some home cooked food or other goodies from time to time. Things may change, but they stay the same too.