There's nothing quite like being a mom, and as difficult an experience as it is to describe, these quotes about being a mother do a pretty good job of summing it up. Whether you're a mother being celebrated, celebrating your own mother, or if you're soon to be a mother, make sure you spend Mother's Day basking in the beauty that is motherhood (or at the very least, celebrating it with the mothers in your life).
It doesn't matter who you are — motherhood will change you. As crazy as your life may already be, becoming a mother makes it that much more wild. And I mean that in a good way, of course: Sure, you'll probably never catch up on your sleep, and your life will be filled with hours of worrying, and changing a diaper is never something that I would call "fun," but with all that comes so much more good.
If you're a mother, celebrate yourself this May 14t! If you have a mother, make sure she's being told how appreciated she really is. If you're soon to be a mother, get ready, because this will be the biggest adventure of your life.
1. “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” — Tina Fey
2. “In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” — Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
3. “The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” — Jessica Lange
4. “Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” — Ani DiFranco
5. “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” — Pamela S. Nadav
6. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” —Sophia Loren
7. “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly — indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” — Arianna Huffington
8. “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” — Oprah
9. “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” — Laura Stavoe Harm
10. “Having kids — the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings — is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” — Maria Shriver
11. “Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain — your life will never be the same.” — Catherine Jones