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. I guess we’ll just have to use this as our excuse to go crazy with adoration and celebration of all the mothers out there today. (And if you want something really unique to celebrate them today – check out this Gift Guide for Runners).
I am lucky enough to have the world’s best mom.
My mom has taught me SO MUCH in life that it is really challenging 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 teaching in public schools), 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.
The lessons I’ve learned from my mom are too numerous to count.
Throughout life, I have admired my mom and aspired to be like her someday. She has set so many examples for me. She’s shown me the power of strong morals, positive thinking, helping others, pushing yourself to be your best and never giving up. She has set the bar high throughout her life, and I am continuously working to become as selfless as her.
The most important thing I’ve learned from my mom (which she still teaches me today) 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 marriage.
She taught me perseverance through our family activities.
She taught me perseverance through 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 strong. There are so many times when I’m running and feel like I want to quit, only to realize that my body actually doesn’t feel too bad – it’s my mind that wants to give up. Pushing your body through physically challenging times proves to your mind that you CAN do hard things.
Exercise, whether running or otherwise, helps us become mentally strong. It is that mental toughness that will propel us forward in times that are emotionally challenging. It is inevitable that we will experience some really huge obstacles in life, but all the running we do only prepares us to make it through those tough times with grace and strength.
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. (I mean, she’s 59 and still running half marathons and 25ks, not to mention planning to run her THIRD marathon! She is basically iron man.)
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.