About a week ago I launched a new website called The Mom Society. It’s a website for minority moms of all backgrounds and situations that will not only be full of blog posts but will also act as a “safe space” or support group for women.
The whole idea for the website was born out of my own need for a safe space. During the early months up until the last trimester of my pregnancy I suffered from depression and anxiety. I had so many mixed emotions, which I’ve shared here on my personal blog, and I really wanted to be able to be honest and get the support I needed without being judged or my feelings dismissed. I won’t say that I didn’t have it from time to time but I needed it continually.
I shared my story on The Mom Society (you can read it here) but I don’t want to talk about my story specifically. I want to share my thoughts on what happened after I published my story.
After the website went live, I immediately had several women to open up to me about the struggles they faced and continue to face trying to be good mothers. These women were literally pouring their hearts out and revealing their secrets and it reinforced a lesson I learned some years ago.
What we go through in life is not for us, it’s for other people.
I truly believe that God puts us in certain situations to help other people that we may come in contact with along in their journey. Personally I’ve been able to get through a lot in my life with the advice and wisdom those close to me have shared based on their own life experiences. That’s why its important to me that no matter what, I keep it real. Me pretending like everything is peachy isn’t going to make an impact on someone else. In some cases it could send the wrong message and I never want that.
I’m challenging you to decide what is comfortable for you and to open up to someone. Reach out to someone you know is going through something that you’ve survived. Reach out to someone who shares the same struggle as you. Your transparency could be the very thing they need to get to a better place. God may use you to save them, you never know!