This coming Sunday, May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day. Growing up, and even now, I have many motherly figures in my life. In a world where women and men are given different standards, I’m blessed to have so many strong women teach and guide me. I want to acknowledge some of the mothers who have helped me become the person I am today.
First and foremost, my mom.
My mom has been my best friend, my comforter, my cheerleader, my backbone, but most importantly, she’s been my inspiration. In times where I thought that I wouldn’t be able to carry on, times where everyone else told me to give up, she was the one who told me and believed that something great would happen, and all I have to do is keep going. It is because of her that I have a big heart. It is because of her that I understand there is more value in living a life filled with love than there is a life filled with money.
My late grandma, Loreta.
While I was growing up, my Mama was the one who took care of me. She taught me the alphabet, my colors, how to write my name, tie my shoes, but what I will always appreciate about her, is that she taught me what it meant to remain humble. My Mama never had a lot, but she never let that stop her from working towards giving her family a better life. Even when times were good, she remained humble. I hope to have her humility one day.
My cousin, Rhonda.
Ever since I was a kid, Rhonda has been more than just my cousin. She’s been like an older sister, or another motherly figure. I’ve seen her work hard to support not just herself, but to support her family. Rhonda, just like my mom, continuously gives and never expects anything in return. From her, I’ve seen and learned that hard work will always pay off.
My mentor, Linsey.
Linsey has been in my life for a little over a year. I asked her to be my mentor last year, when I reached one of the lowest points in my life. I didn’t know what to do, what to think, or even what to say, but Linsey was there for me through all of that. Seeing Linsey’s faith inspired me to not just do better, but be better. I’ve seen how she continued to stay anchored in the Lord through all the storms she encountered, and I hope that one day my faith will be as strong as hers.
These four are just a handful of inspiring mothers that have helped me become who I am. I thank God everyday for blessing me with them, and so many other women in my life.
Who are your motherly figures?
How have they influenced your life?