Do something great, before it’s too late
Pressures on, come on get going, create a tweetable moment
Have you mother?
Achieved a Ph.D., written that bestselling novel?
What ladder have you climbed, not the corporate one
I don’t recall you standing up for a cause,
Screaming, wildly with defiance
Though I look into her soft, gentle eyes and see something
I cannot place a finger on one thing or place a frame around it
Raised 4 children, but so have other women
What can I say about your life?
Sadness creeps in, fearing this is my legacy as well
Though I know my mother is great, she is my mother
The prestige bar adjusts with each generation
Each new child raises the bar
Like a skater whose single axel jumps are no longer impressive
Triples, or quadruple are the measure now.
A clean house, with white sheets and nappies whipping in the wind
Were a mark of her triumph then
Now these all seem tired and grey
Mother, what have you done with your wild, precious life?
My mind grappling for something, that can be held up
Placed on a shelf
Waiting for awestruck eyes to open
“Wow’s “to escape through oval shaped mouths
A tweetable moment
Despite her feet have walked miles, across oceans
Arms fatigued from holding children, baskets of laundry
Filling in the gap for a husband who abandoned her
It is not newsworthy at this time
Greatness is an obnoxious word, expectations placed too high
Pressure to prove who you are, your worth on this earth
Measuring our lives value by standards that only few can reach
Triple axels are impossible for most, single is attainable
Does this mean that 99% of people die disheartened?
Who sets these standards?
So, what have you done with your wild, precious life
You have lived, wept, laughed, failed, succeeded,
Created a home for a family to thrive.
That is the greatest achievement of all
Take a pause: Achieving Greatness is inside you
Greatness is inside of us, not outside
Outside greatness changes like the wind
While inside greatness holds still, bolts your feet to the ground
Lifts you up to your own personal heights
Comparing your worth by other’s standards is absurd
It is an impossible feat; you will never win
Learning how to access your inner greatness is the greatest gift of all.