When tennis icon, Serena Williams, opened up about the struggles of being a mom in a demanding society I said, “Yep, that about sums it up,” and because of her transparency she made mothers across the globe feel normal.
It’s been all over the news and social media. A week after suffering the heaviest defeat of her career, Serena Williams has admitted she is struggling with “postpartum emotions” and has felt in a “funk.”
In her Instagram post, according to CNN, “Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!”
Truth is, Serena is feeling what what mothers across the globe have been feeling for decades…the mental turmoil of deciding between raising a family and having a career. Lord knows I’ve had to decide between the two during my broadcasting career. More times than I wanted to or cared to. Although my kids are grown now, I don’t remember a single meeting or broadcasting event I was required to make but I certainly remember the school plays and awards ceremonies I missed.
(insert background music) You know it’s hard out here for a mom!!