Today is my Mom’s 73rd birthday.
I would like to put the focus of this post on the woman who brought me into this world, MY MOM. I am the woman that I am today because of her.
While she is on social media, she is a private woman in many ways, so I won’t be sharing a lot of personal stuff about her life with you. However, I will give you a bit of an insight on how it has affected me.
My mom was born in England and raised a farm girl in rural Nova Scotia with four siblings. She learned early on that you get nothing in life if you don’t work hard for it. She was also a single mom. She did eventually get remarried to a guy who is pretty amazing too. 😉
So, just how awesome is she?
Well, being a single parent is tough, and I know that my mom went through a lot. She was a single mom during a time when there were not a lot of support systems in place for women like her. I can never imagine what it was like, even if I knew all the details. All I know is that she instilled in me the value of self-worth, and learning to be independent and take chances.
I took off to travel Europe in my early twenties. I inherited my love of travel from her. I traveled on my own a lot, which gave her more than a few sleepless nights (sorry Mom), but gave me experiences that I will always treasure.
I used to be someone who planned out their life five years in advance. That has changed over the years, and I have taken risks that I never would have taken if it wasn’t for her.
First of all, I fell in love. I have had a few wonderful men in my life, but this guy ended up becoming THE ONE. Taking this chance was a big deal for me. Seeing my Mom fall in love and get married again really influenced me. I thought that I would always be single.
I learned that life is too short not to live it as you want. Mom never got that chance when my brother and I were younger. Since then, she has traveled all over the world and I believe that she now has the life that she always deserved. I know that I haven’t turned out quite like she hoped. Giving up a full-time job at the age of 48 to go back to school really bothered her, even if she won’t admit it. She knows that I am in a position to be able to do this (thanks to a wonderful husband and financial stability), but I think that seeing me give up that type of independence was hard to accept. I totally get it, and hope that she realizes that I will still make her proud.
They always say that as parents, we want our kids to have a better life than we did.
MOM, I have a better life and have become a better person because of you.
I realize, like most of us, that we don’t always tell those we love just how much they mean to us. So, I am going to do it the best way that I know how.
A few words for you Mom.
You will never truly know, how much you mean to me
No cards nor flowers, no I LOVE YOUs, will ever really be
Enough to THANK YOU for everything
For all that I AM and WILL BE
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