I once gave of myself to being the perfect wife and mother.
Then I heard the teachings of the Buddha.
I saw the arising and passing away of what was wife and said goodbye to my husband.
I saw the arising and passing away of what was mother and said goodbye to my children.
What was left I gave to the Path.
Oh, my sisters. You never had to be perfect.
If there is something to these teachings calling out to you, it’s because something in you is calling out to these teachings.
The Path will take you whenever you’re ready, just as you are.
—Bhikshuni Sakula, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)