How becoming a mother inspired one of Alicia’s greatest hits — and her outlook.
– KEYS SOULCARE
“For me, motherhood came with a litmus test: Is what I’m doing important enough for me to spend time away from my baby? If the answer was no, the task went the way of the Walkman cassette recorder – phased out. Gone was the era when I’d spend days at a time in the studio, not just burning the candle at both ends, but melting it right down to a messy puddle of wax. Parenting, complete with its 2 a.m. feedings and pumping in the studios to ensure Egypt always had enough milk, pulled me toward a new frequency. I was intent on doing what was best for my child, which, by default, was best for me.
I called this new focus ‘Girl on Fire’ energy.” — Alicia Keys, from More Myself
Our focus and intention changes as our lives fill up with new experiences, encounters, and people. Upon entering the phase of motherhood, Alicia found a whole new reason to reevaluate both her day-to-day and long-term plan: Her son.
Once it dawns on us that the choices we make affect not only our own physical and spiritual being, but the people we care about, there’s no way to unsee (or unfeel) it.
Motherhood can be a rallying cry to nurture ourselves a little better, too. Allowing ourselves to take a step back and reevaluate what works and what has got to go is essential as we build the most nurturing environment for the most important people in our world.
Still, the selflessness so often required of motherhood is never without reward. A child’s love is pure and limitless, from the newborn coos and hugs and kisses at the door, to unprecedented motivation and creativity. And, in Alicia’s case, some of our greatest hits.
Keys Soulcare community moms: How has motherhood shifted your perspective or enabled your fiercest qualities to shine? Let us know in the comments below.