Happy Mother’s Day to all my strong, courageous, confident, kind mothers out there! You are truly all amazing and I don’t know how you do half of the things you do! So much love and appreciation to you all. 🙂
I believe a mother is the shaping and molding of a kid, and our stepping stone to this thing called life. And although a mother plays an integral part in your future, if you didn’t have the opportunity to have that role model in your life, sometimes in other ways you can be shaped into becoming even a stronger person, once you realize your potential.
I wanted to share with you guys 5 things my mother has taught me as I believe all mother like figures teach us things that shape us in becoming who we are, positive or not. My mother was a tough one. She was one that you’d be scared to mess with. Growing up, my sister was terrified of my mom and since I was a bit more of a daredevil, I wasn’t as much, to an extent, scared of her. My mom was a “clean freak” and wanted things in her particular ways. To make this short, the sound of a vacuum on a Saturday morning still haunts me to this day….
Then, you get to an age and realize….. your mom was right about everything! (Ugh!) You start to do the things she does and you realize she had a lot of truth in what she was saying, but you were just being a brat and didn’t want to listen. Nowadays, I’m somewhat of a clean freak as well, but to a healthy extend. In my moms definition of it, I’m no where close, but I think that’s perfect for me! 🙂
Since, I am at that age where I realize my moms molding and shaping of me was such an integral step in becoming who I am, I wanted share some of the things my mom has taught me. She’s one of the strongest people I know and everyday I think about how I can be tough like her. She is also compassionate and loving, like most mothers are. And I am so happy to celebrate a day that is dedicated to the woman who sacrifices so much for our lives!
Without Further Ado, Here Are 5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me:
1. Be Stronger Than Life
Not sure if this one sounds a little off in English, but in Turkish it makes perfect sense. Let me explain. This is the one that I think about the most. How courageous is it, though? To be tougher than life. Life isn’t easy and we all go through some hard events and get blind sighted by hard events. My mom has always told me to be the most strongest version of myself so when life hits you with tough situation, you are tougher than what is getting thrown at you to handle it. It’s almost like being ready for battle and that life should be scared of you instead of vice versa. I’ve always taken that mindset with everything I have done. Growing up she would always push me out of the limits I’ve had for myself and never allow me to say I can’t do something. She always believed you can do anything with perseverance.
2. Enjoy Your Life & Keep Your Head Held High
My mom has always told me to enjoy your life, and that it’s the most important thing to do because life really is so short. Not only to enjoy your life but do it confidently following your own path. She has taught me to always keep my focus on my own path and not to care what people think of me. She’s taught me to be a free spirit and that to always keep my spirits high because we only have this precious life to live. She has always told me to ask yourself everyday; “What do I want to do today?” and then to do exactly that. She has told me to keep moving forward and do what you have to do for you.
3. Be Immensely Grateful
My mom is the type of women that can be grateful at any situation for the littlest things. She will see a flower and suddenly be immensely grateful for it. She says thank you to every little thing that she believes is made of magic, which seems to be everything in this life. Nature is her thing and she gets such a high from it. Which I think is where I get my love of nature. I think of her each time I practice gratitude and that we really don’t need so much to be extremely grateful for this life we’ve been given. It definitely makes my gratitude practice much easier thinking of how she can be grateful for anything.
4. Dance Your Way Through Life
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a dancer but she has told me to dance through each thing you are doing. To do it in elegance, in a free spirit and to not take things so seriously. What she means when she says is that you should always have a positive attitude with each task you are doing. To flow through life with a smile on your face as much as you can.
5. No One Is Superior Than You
This one has gotten me through my professional years when its necessary to speak to higher up team mates. It’s still something I try to incorporate, but it totally makes sense. No one is superior than you because everyone is special in their own way and have different things to offer. Someone’s accomplishments shouldn’t be the defining point of who they are as a person. At the end of the day we are all human. She has taught me to be confident in what I have to offer and that it is nothing less than my managers.
My mom was a tough cookie, but now I appreciate her so much more for everything she has taught me and strive to be more like her everyday. I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones, and don’t forget to call your mom!! 🙂
Until next time.
“Never apologize for being a powerful women.” – Unknown