The Sling Diaries, Volume VII. A photo-documentary chronicling the art of baby wearing in the lives of families around the world. Over the course of six months, Sling Diarists will create their own Sling Diary though a series of diary entries interpreting a unique theme given to them each month.
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Unlearning what I have learned has made me the woman I am today. It has helped me cultivate and embrace true happiness. I became who I was meant to be, and it didn’t come easy, but it feels good, real good. Change is never easy, it takes time and sometimes even certain life experiences to finally see the difference, but change is inevitable. No person is the same for long, just like nothing stays the same even for a second. It can’t. We evolve, the world around us evolves, and thank god for that. Not everyone will understand the change, or will accept it. Some will react negatively, and make assumptions that you aren’t authentic, but you have keep focused on your recovery.
And while change is all around us, I notice it so much more today. We visited my childhood streets, and I find myself having hard time accepting the change this area has had. My family and I enjoyed our time here, and my heart skipped a beat with all these happy feelings, but I still can’t believe the transformation. I stop to think for a bit, and I realize Fourth Street and I share similar stories. We both grew, and we both transformed. Leaving a small amount of the old, but a whole lot of new, but look at all this beauty.
It’s true what they say, that change can beautiful when we are brave enough to evolve with it. Sure, the streets might not feel the same, but neither do I. The first carousel I ever rode on is gone, but the old Martha is gone too. I look over, and I see my children running around the same area I once did, and my eyes welled up with tears, but my lips still managed to form a smile. I am embracing the change here, the change within me, because the change has lead to growth. It has altered the way I live life. It has provided me with more choices than I ever dreamed possible, and I have created a more fulfilling and authentic life. I can celebrate the woman, the wife, the mother, all integrated in one because I am proud of who I have become. I have finally discovered the extraordinary in the ordinary.
As this adventure fades to a nostalgic memory, I continue to accept the thrill of transformation. Know that the world around you is evolving, and that you are the sole creator of your journey. You can bend old habits, open your heart to change, and shift your thinking to become the best version of yourself!