Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I don’t get to spend it with my mom this year which stinks. I was thinking about what I wanted to do for this Friday Five and then it hit me, share 5 things you’ve learned from your mom. Granted, this isn’t everything I’ve learned from my mom but these are some of the things I love about my mom and what she’s taught me over the years.
1 // Dessert is ALWAYS an option
Do I need to explain more?
2 // You can be strong even in the midst of chaos.
My mom has had to deal with some really hard circumstances throughout her life, obstacles that seemed too high to overcome, and struggles that she wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Yet, here she is living and breathing and moving forward day after day. She is so much stronger than she will ever admit, possibly one of the strongest people I know. I am honored to call her my mama.
3 // You don’t have to be boring when you get older.
My mom is one of the silliest, fun-loving people I’ve ever met. She’s fun, but she also doesn’t try to be like one of my friends. She’s still my mom, but we have a blast together and we spend half of our time together laughing, it’s the best.
4 // Telling the truth out of love, even if it hurts, is better than making someone feel better momentarily.
My mom has always been honest with me, even if I didn’t want to hear it. Honestly, I would have avoided a lot of my own troubles if I would have listened to her. Looking back, I can see why telling the truth out of love, even if the person doesn’t want to hear it, is better than telling them what they want to hear and allowing them to continue hurting themselves. (Sorry I was so stubborn mom!)
5 // It’s never too late to mend a broken relationship.
My mom and I did not get along…like at all really…during my teenage years and even into college a bit. I can easily admit now that it was a little bit of both of us causing this divide, but now we talk every week and I love hanging out with my mom. Another prime example: my parents are divorced but there are no hard feelings. They still come to my birthday parties, they were both in my wedding and there was no awkwardness, and they still ask about one another from time to time. My mom, and my dad, have taught me how to be the bigger person, see past mistakes and hurts, and love for the sake of the people you care about. My parents are the way they are 1. because that’s just how they are and 2. because they love me. I am really lucky and I never take that for granted.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mamas out there!
I would love to hear some of the lessons that your mom taught you, share them in the comments.