My Mother Taught Me
Did your mother ever teach you a life lesson?
My mother taught me that I would never forget her, no matter how old I get. In some ways, we'll be able to relate on a kid-to-adult level for eternity, and that's what makes her so great.
She knows more about me than anyone else in the world, but she doesn't judge me; instead, she allows me to find my way in life.
My mother and I have had our good days and bad days, but she is always a part of my life.
No matter what she taught you, though, it’s safe to say that you’ll never forget these five things she taught you that you will take with you wherever you go.
Take care of yourself
My mother taught me to take care of myself because if I did not, no one else would.
She taught me that if I started to neglect my well-being — my diet, my hygiene, and yes, even how much sleep I was getting — that would be a sure sign of a bigger problem at hand. And it usually is.
When you start to forget about your self-care routine, it's a big red flag for both yourself and anyone else who cares about you; most of the time, there's something very wrong going on.
Take care of yourself and talk to someone when something doesn't feel right, whether you're recovering from an illness or treating depression or addiction.
Be a good friend
My mother taught me to be a good friend by being a good friend. It’s as simple as that.
She often told me that she believed I was born at least 23 years older than my age — and now that I’m 26, I can say with some certainty that she was right!
Time and time again, people have told me they don’t understand how someone who looks younger than them could have so much life experience.
I attribute it to my mother who always advised me to adore everyone in my path because you never know what they will do for you later on in life.
Her advice helped me make some of the best friendships of my life — so thank you, mom!
Always be optimistic
My mother taught me always to be optimistic about life.
She told me that if I were to only think about what could go wrong in a situation, then my mind would run through endless scenarios of catastrophe and doom, which would lead to misery.
Instead, she taught me to train my brain to think only about what could go right. When I did that, when I imagined myself achieving my goals and going after my dreams, I'd feel happy and motivated because happiness is a powerful motivator.
If you're feeling low on motivation for any reason — perhaps you're tired or burned out or don't have enough willpower — then remind yourself of your optimism by saying things like This may sound cheesy but..., I know it's a cliché..., etc.
My mom used to tell me that no matter where I was in life, whether I was a super successful adult with more money than I knew what to do with or an 18-year-old high school student struggling financially and still relying on her parents' help at times, I had one thing she would never take away from me: potential.
Many people forget how huge their potential is as they get older, having gotten so caught up in looking back over their shoulder at how far they have come rather than ahead toward all that is yet to come.
Do not forget about how much room you have left for growth!
Do what you love
My mother taught me to do what I love.
She knew most of the people who had jobs they hated, and even though she knew I was smart enough to do something bigger, she wanted me to have a career that makes me happy.
So when I look back on my education — yes, it’s essential to learn about history and science — but other things are equally important too: learning how to love what you do every day, because if you don’t like what you’re doing every day for eight hours or more, then something is wrong.
My mother taught me that if I focused on everything else I was good at and made decisions based on those skills, I would naturally gravitate toward things that would make me happiest — and finding out what I love will follow naturally from there.
People should have careers where they wake up in the excitement and go to bed thinking about their work.
Her message:- Embrace what you're good at, get to know yourself, and do what makes you happy every day!
Remember family first
When it comes to your job or other things in life, remember to give family everything you can.
My mother would drop anything for my brother and me when we needed her, no questions asked — and that attitude has stuck with me to today. With so much work, life, and responsibilities to handle at once, it’s vital to know what matters and make sure you’re there for those who matter most.
Don’t let family slip away because of one of those pesky obligations. Make time for your loved ones — remember they are always on your mind, even if you don’t say it often enough.
Family first, my mother would always say. If a fight was happening at school, mom made sure to find out what was going on behind it before intervening in any way.
Family first taught me that family is about people who love you for exactly who you are; family isn't about getting brownie points for doing everything right or making all of mom's dreams come true.
It took me a while to learn that being yourself and loving others is just as important as making your mom proud.
I hope you enjoyed my blog about the life lessons that my mother taught me. With so many people becoming parents, it's great to know that your children's parents still have the power to shape you and mold you into the person you want to become.
Hopefully, you can learn and benefit from some of the life lessons that my mother taught me as you are raising your children.
I would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you!
My mother taught me to be strong and always be there for others.