Mediocre : adjective meaning undistinguished: of only ordinary or moderate quality: so-so.

I personally hate that word, find it very unattractive and believe that as individuals, we have the right to aim past this level and should always do so. We should aspire to not have it associated with anything we are/do and while we probably won’t always be successful, we’ll at least know we try.

Mediocrity is a comfortable state and it is often quite tempting to stay cozy within this state of certainty and calm in whatever we do. It is after all less exerting and demanding. However, the truth is, you are functioning below your true potential. You are actually capable of doing more- whatever it is- if you would just push a little more..stretch past ‘comfortable’ a little bit more. You can apply this attitude to all aspects of your life. Be an extraordinary mum, be an extraordinary wife, be an extraordinary employee, be an extraordinary teacher, be an extraordinary volunteer. Be that person who goes the extra mile. Spend more time improving on your skills till you reach the above average mark.

Do not let your motivation for this be praise or gratitude, be a little ‘selfish’. Do it just because you want to feel good and trust me, you will feel good. Gratitude may come in the form of some recognition or admiration but even if it doesn’t, you will feel good discovering what you are capable of doing and this in itself, will make you happy.

If at the end of the day you still fall short of your target (hopefully you don’t) in whatever field it is (your job, your relationship..), you will find solace in knowing truly that you completely did your best. You would also have learned from the experience and that’s something gained.

You can do EXCELLENT. Why settle for less? Why aspire to be less than superb in whatever it is? Even if your job right now isn’t the dream job you want, be excellent at it. Exploit the opportunity to learn to be an extraordinary employee. By the time you get your dream job, standing out will be a habit you are already used to.

Remember, you have all the AWESOME you need inside YOU. You just need to unleash it. Have a great and mediocre-free week!

A mother is born

At the end of a successful pregnancy, two wonderful things happen- a child is born, and a mother is born as well.

No words can adequately describe the feeling of holding your baby for the first time..standing in awe of the squishy little bundle you hope has gotten all the best of your traits and your partner’s. You know so much about this stranger, having shared a connection that is incomparable to any other, and you finally get to meet him/her. You have loved, even before meeting this child and now ¬†you fall in love over again, in a way you never have before..fiercely, protectively. A mother is born.

The journey to this beautiful birth however can sometimes be a story on its own. For some, it’s a straight road. For others, it’s a bumpy ride, fraught with difficulties and heartbreaks at different stages. A seemingly easy task for others, yet difficult and in some cases almost impossible for others. Whichever path life takes you through, this is definitely one situation where ‘the end justifies the means’.

So many adventures lie ahead for you both. As your child learns about the world and grows, you will learn and grow too. Taking baby steps together. They don’t come with a manual and so you mostly learn on the job, faltering sometimes -hopefully not significantly- doing the best you can everyday. You try to make decisions that you hope are best and beneficial.

You will in time, be surprised at the little things you find rewarding..a burp, potty training, a few spoonfuls of the food you’ve been trying to introduce for the past one week finally accepted..the list is endless. You will catch yourself watching your child sleep and be surprised at how satisfying this is.

So much has been said about motherhood yet, somehow the actual experience is still full of surprises and evokes emotions you wouldn’t believe you are capable of feeling. What a beautiful day it is when a mother is born!

Before you were conceived I wanted you
Before you were born I loved you
Before you were here for an hour I would have died for you
This is the miracle of life

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