Going down the rabbit hole that is social media, I found myself clicking on posts about inspiring mothers or mom “muses”. I love when women are celebrated. What is not to love about a gorgeous picture of a mom and her babe(s) in a beautiful setting, celebrating the beauty that is mom? I adore this images. They really do portray the beauty of motherhood.
The one disappointment though was that I found all these women to look alike. Young, thin, model good looks, insane style, and usually with a boho or hipster type vibe. Not regular moms, cool moms. (Shameless Mean Girls reference.) These women should absolutely be celebrated but so should a whole lotta other women. I never really thought of myself as an old mom but I am a bit older in the grand scheme of things I suppose. There are people I went to high school with who have teenagers and here I am with three little ones that are four and under. So, I get it, I am not a young mom. I guess this is where part of my frustration comes in. We need to celebrate more than youth and beauty.
A muse by definition is : a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
Nowhere does it mention a person’s looks as what qualifies a muse. I am not suggesting that these women dubbed as muses don’t have more to offer then their good looks, however, seeing more “muse” diversity would be amazing. My ideal muse, would be a woman comfortable in her body. She would be worldly, kind, gracious, and humble. She would be content in the life she has and celebrate the day to day all while sharing who she really is and not who she thinks she should be. Her beauty would be more than skin deep, it would come from within making her magnetic. She wouldn’t have all the answers, and would certainly fail at times. Some days doing the best she can would be good enough and celebrated. Her style would be all her own and her confidence would be infectious. She would love her children with every inch of her being, but admit that some days are just hard.
I guess my message is seek out women who inspire you and fill you up. I have made an effort to follow a variety of women on social media. Different ages, body types, backgrounds, ethnicities, geographical locations, some moms, some not, and women who dare to be real. Let these women, collectively, be your muses. Healthy inspiration is out there. We just have to look for it.
dress: c/o Dex Clothing Plus Collection
sweater: old fave in the closet
hat & boots: Plenty
belt: Brave leather (old)