A dear family friend has just given birth tonight!
I went into the hospital to visit her yesterday and it was an experience I won't forget. There were expectant mothers all around and it was a very peaceful calm ward because it was either before or after labour.
There were soon-to-be-fathers sitting beside the beds, soothing their beloveds. The weariness and anxiety was dimming their eyes, but all fear was sure to be swept away, when a child of their own is placed in their arms.
I massaged my friend's bump. It was so beautiful! And for the first time in my life, I actually got to feel the baby girl kicking inside. It was so powerful, like a heart beat.
It was stunning, all of it.
Because I look at every single human being today and I realise that each of you has come out from your mother. Each one of you, young or old, has survived the most treacherous journey of your life: being born.
There you were under the bright lights, taking in your first airy breath as the cold air slapped at your cheeks. You knew nothing, only the sound of your mother's voice from your watery lagoon.
You were protected and shielded for days and nights continuous, until you were ready to live and know.
When you pass someone tonight or tomorrow, this time, see them in a new radiant light. And thank God for mothers everywhere and that they didn't give up when they laboured harder and more fiercer than any living hero alive, to give birth to you!