Accepting mediocrity doesn't mean you will always be mediocre at everything. It just means at a time when you may be truly excelling in one area of life, you need to give yourself grace and manage your expectations of how you much you'll be able to give in other aspects of life. Life ebbs and flows, and so will the areas of life where you accept mediocrity.
I’ve learned that if you don’t also suffer from some sort of mental disease, you will never truly understand -- and that’s okay. I wish I didn’t understand. We need to continue to educate people on this disease and erase the stigma that so often comes with depression, anxiety, or any other mental disease.
As parents, it’s easy to get distracted, especially when at the pool or the lake. You’re talking to friends, grabbing a drink or food, taking pictures, catching up on your social media accounts, and often times trying to keep up with multiple children in the water. That’s a lot going on at once.
First, you have the heart-wrenching pain of watching your child struggle. You feel helpless as you watch doctors and nurses do the thing that you’re supposed to be able to do: make your child feel better. Add to that stress and lack of sleep, and you’ve got a pretty terrible combination.
Fast-forward 15 years, and the irony of my college worries sets in. I’m on edge again. Waiting impatiently every month. But this time, I’m hoping and praying that my period DOESN’T come. Did we have sex on the right day at the right time? Did I actually ovulate this time? Did his sperm find my egg? Did the Clomid and the hormone shots work?
Developmental delays occur for a lot of reasons including premature birth or a medical diagnosis, or often times for no reason at all -- which can be especially frustrating for a parent. In our case, we have a reason for our daughter’s developmental delays, as she was born extremely premature. Having a reason does ease some of my angst, but it doesn’t make our daily struggles any easier.