Being raised by a single mother is a special thing that I’m lucky to say I was blessed with. She helped shape me into the person that I always wanted to be through her wholehearted love and endless support. She forgave me for my past and my mistakes because chances were, she’s done the same exact things. She’s understanding, unconditionally loving, and the best role model I could ever ask for. This journey hasn’t been easy, but I wouldn’t trade the times I’ve had with my single mom for anything.
It's true what the say: the apple never falls far from the tree. So thank you mom, for being exactly who you are and never being ashamed of it. Thank you for doing it alone and being not just a great supporter but being the best friend I could have ever asked for. Here's what you've taught me over the years even if you didn't know it.
1. You’ve shown me how to be strong simply from leading by example.
There is never an excuse to give up. I know that because I watched you stumble more than a few times but because of that, I always watched you get right back up.
2. And proved to me it’s okay to be yourself without explanation.
You always say that we have the same heart and everyday I'm learning that more and more. And thank goodness you have blessed me with such a good one. You proved to me I never have to explain to anyone who I am or why I make a certain decision. I am who I am, and if someone isn’t okay with it, then they don’t deserve to be part of my life.
3. Because of you, I will never feel the need to beg for attention from anyone.
You’ve taught me that if someone wants you in their life, they will do everything in their power to make you stay. And if they aren't willing to fight, they are not worth the trouble.
4. And that very girl will be more than okay without a man.
I don't need anyone to support me or validate me. I don't need to have someone to come home to every night to make me feel complete. I can do that all on my own.
5. You’ve taught me to never lose faith...
No matter how impossible it seems, there is always a silver lining, a way to brighten up the gray. Never for one minute stop and think that you might as well throw your hands in the air and give now. Because your fate is always changing.
6. And to always, always, always be powerful.
Never back away from the things that scare you. It will only make you stronger and in the end, there is no winning or losing because at least it was a lesson learned. There is no shame in going after the things that you want more than anything. Don't let people discourage you or hold you back. Break through.
7. You’ve shown me how to look at both the bad and good in me.
No one is perfect. Not you or me or anyone for that matter. It's okay to be shaky on your feet, take as much time as you need to be steady and sturdy. Own when you are wrong and rejoice when you are right.
8. Just from watching you live, I’ll never let the world make me hard.
There is good and bad in everyone. The world is not black and white. And if you can find it within yourself to make the choice to allow both of those things to change you, to help you, to heal you and mold you, you're doing something right.
9. I know how to let go when it’s time.
Everything is always going to be changing and turning into what you never thought it would. If something hurts you once, keep your hands out. And if something hurts you twice, let it pass you on the third round.
10. Because life is too short to be anything but grateful.
There is enough pain in the world. There should be more color, more laughing and hugging and happiness. Enjoy things as much as you can and as often as you can. Reflect on everything. Be happy that you have what you do.
11. I’ll never give up on people.
Everyone is fighting a battle. There is a reason why we are the way that we are and sometimes, it's nothing more than that. We are here to help one another, to lean on one another and to love. Don't shut down and turn people away.
12. And I’ll always forgive.
People mess up. They hurt our feelings and their own and that's okay because it happens. Don't let it settle with you, don't carry it with you. It's much easier to forgive than it is to keep hurting and hating.
13. And above all else, I will always be brave because of you.
Every greatness comes with a price. Do not be afraid to do the things that you have wanted. Don't do anything without your heart fully invested. The best things are always the scariest to begin.
I will never be able to repay you, to thank you enough for all the things that you have given to me. Not only have you taught me enough lessons to last a lifetime but you inspire me to everything and anything I have ever imagined.
It's because of you that my heart is strong and my head is firmly on my shoulders. But it also because of you that I can emotional and vulnerable and ask for help when I need it. I hope that one day, if I ever had a daughter, I can give to her the same things that you gave to be without hesitation.
I only hope that one day, I will be able to be as much of a blessing to her as you are to me everyday.
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