This poem is on the final page of Martha Beck’s Steering by Starlight book. It sends a shiver down my spine every time I read it. For the women I work with (mothers in their 40’s and beyond who may feel like it’s too late to pursue their creative passions or that they’re too far down another path), I find this poem resonates deeply.
“Live while you are alive …
Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit
Learn to free yourself from all things that have molded you
And which limit your secret and undiscovered road …
Never forget that love
Requires that you be
The greatest person you are capable of being,
Self-generating and strong and gentle –
Your own hero and star …
Be grateful for life as you live it,
And may a wonderful light
Always guide you along the unfolding road.”
As a mother, this poem resonates with me on another level. I think that motherhood (surely, the purest form of love) requires that you be “the greatest person you are capable of being.” I believe that you will then be the “wonderful light” that guides your children along their unfolding roads.
Simple and profound. Live while you are alive, my dear. Today. Right now. Not when you’re a certain weight or have a certain amount of money in the bank or have more time or more sleep or the kids are in college. Now.
So, stand up, Mama! Get YOUR life in the spotlight and become your own hero and star.