We are Serena. We are enough.

How do we define a true hero? Is it the soldier who fights until his dying breath or the one who knows when to retreat or surrender? This week, tennis super star Serena Williams withdrew from the Australian Open. Her reasons – “After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I’m not where I personally want to be” .

This is humbling, admirable, if not heroic. Many mums often feel under pressure to perform at their utmost after giving birth, after a long day at work, after the errands, the chores… . Often we go and go and go until we’re on the verge of a breakdown. Those of us, like Serena, bold enough to slow down without feeling insufficient are real heroes for our girls.  We are enough.