Serena Williams may be gearing up for her return to the U.S. Open on Monday, after taking a break from last year’s tournament to give birth to her daughter, but the tennis player isn’t neglecting to recognize how her new role as a mom both humbles and empowers her, despite her superstar status.
In a post to her Instagram, Williams shared an anecdote about her latest plane journey with nearly 1-year-old Olympia, which ended with Williams covered in vomit. It’s a side of motherhood that the tennis pro might not share so often. However, she’s reminding moms about how important it is to reflect on these relatable moments.
“Kids humble us,” Williams wrote before sharing her own story. “#ThisMama wants to remind all mothers [of] the importance of supporting one another through the highs, lows, laughs and tears.”
Calling for the support of other mothers is vital for Williams, who has dedicated her platform to understanding the trials and tribulations of being a working mom — after opening up about the difficulties of balancing it all after accepting defeat at the Wimbledon finals — and being a woman in general, as she wrote in an earlier post.
As Williams shares the peaks and valleys of her motherhood journey on a worldwide stage, other moms are feeling inspired to share their own personal stories.
But moms weren’t the only ones reading these posts. One male follower joined in to ask whether dad stories were also welcome. Naturally, Williams said “of course!!!!!!!!!!” But feminist activist and writer Roxanne Gay pointed out that this particular father simply missed the point.
Overall, Williams’s moment of honesty has sparked an inspiring conversation among moms. Regardless of the outcome of the Open, this mama is a winner in our eyes.
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