On a typical day, I probably say the words "I got this" 70 million times. As a strong, independent woman who takes care of the kids, works, and could conquer the world in a 24-hour span, I do think "I got this." Or at least, I repeat the phrase to myself so not to completely breakdown, because maybe I don't "got this." Now that I think of it, what every mom really means when she says "I got this" isn't necessarily an accurate representation of her ability to handle anything and everything. If anything, it's a silent plea for help on some level. Why would we flat-out ask for help if we can try (even if we fail) to do it ourselves? No. Not my style, anyway.
In no way am I trying to be a martyr, though I can see how it seems that way. The truth is, most of the time I really do believe I can handle whatever's thrown at me, and generally I do handle things rather well. Some days are tough, though, and I'm sure most moms can relate. If my kids in need of something when I'm in the middle of a work-related deadline and the phone is ringing and and my partner's texting with pressing questions that need immediate answers, I have to be my own cheering section. If I don't "got this," who does? A lot of what needs done in and around my home can only happen through me, so calling for backup isn't always an option.
Motherhood, to me, feels like the final miles of a marathon. I've accomplished a lot, but it's still not the finish line where I can relax. So if I'm exhausted, doubting I can do it, I tell myself "I got this" to keep me going. With eyes forward and one foot in front of the other (so-to-speak), I somehow always cross that damn finish line, even when I wasn't sure I would or could. So, with that in mind, here's some of the times I say "I got this" to myself. We all need a little push every now and then, even if it's from ourselves.