What I Learned From My Mom

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Today is the day to spoil your moms like crazy. It’s hard to believe that we dedicate only one day of the year to one of the most important jobs in the world, but we’ll just have to use this as our excuse to go crazy with adoration and celebration over them today.

I am lucky enough to have the world’s best mom.

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My mom has taught me SO MUCH in life that it is really challenging for me to put into words. Everything I know about the world comes from her; the way I live now and everything I believe was formed through my parents. I really had an amazing childhood, and the older I get (especially the longer I teach in a public school), I realize how ridiculously lucky I am to have grown up the way I did. I think it’s safe to say that both of my parents are two of my best friends, and I can’t imagine how different my life would be without them.

Throughout life, I have admired my mom and aspired to be like her someday. She has set an example for me of strong morals, positive thinking, helping others, and pushing yourself to be your best. She has set the bar high by the way she lives life, and I am still working to become as selfless as her.

The most important thing my mom taught me (and still teaches me) is perseverance. Perseverance is such an important life lesson, and I am finding it especially relevant in my life today.

She taught me perseverance through her career.

She taught me perseverance through her relationship with my dad.

She taught me perseverance through our family activities.

She taught me perseverance through financially tough times.

Most importantly, she taught me perseverance through running. I say most importantly not because running is more important than family, relationships or career success, but because perseverance in running helps you become mentally tough. There are so many times when I run that I want to quit, and then realize that my body actually doesn’t feel too bad – it’s my mind that wants to give up. Pushing your body through moments when you don’t think you can carry on is something that will challenge your mind and prove to it that you CAN do hard things.

Exercise, whether running or otherwise, helps us become mentally tough. It is that mental strength that will propel us forward in times that are emotionally challenging. In life it seems inevitable that we will experience some really huge obstacles, but it is all the training we do in times that are easy that help us through the tough times.

My mom has been my backbone since day 1. She has believed in me and supported me through every point in my life, even when I might have been off my rocker. She shows me that I can achieve great things, and motivates me every day to become a better person.

Thank you, mom. And thank you to all the mothers out there. You are incredible. The job you do is truly tremendous and I will count myself lucky to (hopefully) walk in your shoes one day. Enjoy your day and some guilt free relaxation.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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