Not perfectly, anyway. Anybody else feel like they could write a book (or two or three) with Things Nobody Ever Told Me About Motherhood?
I could. But I also realize that there's no way you can explain what motherhood will be like to someone before they do it themselves. For that matter, you can't explain being single when you'd always assumed you'd marry, being married but unable to conceive children, or working full-time when you assumed you'd be working (or vice-versa).
So, in the spirit of being totally unprepared for life and its curve balls, here are some things I wish I'd done better before husband, children, mortgages, and adulthood became part of my life:
- Gotten a practical degree
- Worked at a real job before the kids came
- Learned the importance of taking care of myself
- Learned to get self-worth and self-confidence from myself instead of people and things around me
- Learned to ask for help when I need it
- Figured out that only I know what's best for me and my family (and assumed the same for others)
- Learned that just because some things matter less doesn't mean they don't matter at all
- Learned the uselessness of guilt
What about you? If you could hit the rewind button, what would you do differently in your younger years to help prepare you for the life you're living now?