Moms: The magical creatures that supported us playing dress up in their closets when we were younger (… and still today), who braided our hair for school, who tried to teach us how to dress ourselves (even if we didn’t nail it every time), who gave us the confidence to reach for goals and passions we weren’t sure were attainable, and who were never afraid to wipe away our tears and steer us in the right direction when we needed it.
They sometimes knew us better than we knew ourselves, and they certainly knew more than we gave them credit for. Even during the years that almost all of us pushed them away they stayed put, securely rooted in our corners.
Thank you mom, for teaching us:
1. You Can Do Anything
I vividly remember receiving a C on a middle school test. This happened in pretty quick succession after a day where Amanda (one of our co-founder’s) had shed a few tears over a B+ on a progress report (I still can’t even). It was 8th grade.
I was pretty convinced that the world was ending. I was undoubtedly going to be grounded. This was likely the biggest disappointment my parents would ever face (HAH) and I certainly wasn’t ever going to college. Bit of an overreaction on my part? Yes.
This instance led to one of many conversations with my mom, who was rightfully pissed, but focused on the idea that I had made this bed. The fact was, I could do anything – anything at all, as long as I committed and tried and worked for it. That’s right – you can do anything.
2. Love Yourself
It’s so obvious now, but when you are in the turmoil of personal growth that takes place before you are out on your own, often times it is incredibly hard to love yourself. Everyone has flaws. Everyone has things about themselves that they aren’t wild about. We have weaknesses, but we also have strengths. We are creative, we are strong, we are unique. We are each who we are. Loving ourselves wasn’t always easy, but mom did everything in their power to help us learn how.
3. Don’t Change Yourself To Fit Others
In the wise words of Taylor Swift, haters gonna hate, but the first person to solidify this idea was mom. I’m sure you have all been with me on this one, there was at least one time (but honestly tons of times) where I felt I just didn’t quite fit. I wasn’t skinny enough, sporty enough, smart enough, whatever enough. One of the most valuable things that my mom ever taught me is that there will always be people who don’t think you are enough – but that is their problem, not yours. Don’t change, stay golden ponyboy.
4. Quality Over Quantity
A couple of fantastic friends are way more valuable than a lot of mediocre ones. When hard times come to pass you will quickly find out who those friends are. Sometimes this is shocking, but mom always gives you a shoulder to cry on when this happens and reminds you that your true friends are one of your greatest assets, they will always stand by you, fight for you and push you – just like mom.
5. Family Is Forever
There were times where we all felt that our families were the worst, but these were also the times that they were likely giving it to us straight. There were tons of times that I didn’t agree with the choices that were made, the rules that were given, etc., but through it all I knew that these were the people who would be by my side for life, no exceptions. We may not always agree, but we will always overcome it. Family is forever.
Of course, there are so many more things that our mom’s taught us, but these are some of my favorites. To all of the mom’s out there, thank you for everything that you do. Thank you for teaching, nurturing, supporting and pushing us.
Thank you, Mom.