Who did it?
Where was it?
How many times, overt and subtle, over the course of your lifetime?
The seed that was planted that birth was something to be feared. That your capacity to birth was questioned and doubted. The horror stories. Tales of intolerable pain. Sweeping stories of victims and heroes.
You have been led astray. For whilst certainly all those things exist in birth, they are not the full story. The truth is much more compelling.
The real story about birth is that the vast majority of the time: it works. Our bodies, our babies, are built for birth. It’s inherent in the design. This is as true for the elephants we watch and cheer on; and giraffes; and kittens (insert any other mammal)... And it is true. for. us.
The primary difference is that we doubt our capacity, because, in part, we get into our heads, and we let others in as well.
The truth is that we are wildly capable, and indescribably powerful. And that our self-limiting beliefs are learned, and we can therefor unpack, challenge, and unlearn them.
Self-fulfilling prophesies work both ways, right?, so where will you focus your energy and attention?
I keep thinking of some meme I saw which said something like: I’m much more interested in the stories where the women/folks realized they didn’t need saving, and just fucking got to work dismantling the patriarchal nonsense that kept them playing small. ⚡️✨
Epic 📸 by @jandb_photos
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