Five years ago, I started on this long and bumpy road of trying to start a family. Last year, I wrote about earning my "Bachelor's Degree in Reproductive Science". I was hoping I wouldn't be headed to 'Graduate School' on the subject, but such is life!
Anywho, this year I decided to list lessons learned. Infertility has taught me many things, I will name just five.
5. You can be truly and honestly happy for other people and, at the same time, feel jealous or sad. This doesn't make you a hypocrite or a bad person; it makes you human... and your friends will love you anyway.
4. As long as there are people in the world, stupid things will be said. It can't be helped, so you might as well wipe away those tears and laugh about it. (Still working on this one.)
3. Always pray, even if you feel angry or resentful, abandoned or ignored. Angry prayers are better than no prayers.
2. There is only so much you can do. After that, you have to let go.
1. And above all else, the words of Plato: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle (even those who's life seems perfect).
Perhaps instead of saying these are lessons learned, I should say they are lessons I'm learning. But I am closer than I've ever been.
So, here's to year 5! (Note the forced enthusiasm - haha!)