My mum turned 66 last week and I know I am biased, but she truly is the best mother anyone could ever ask for.
So, its hard not to sit and reflect on not only the amazing mother she is (and continues to be to me), but also the all-round wonderful person she is.
I am super aware that not everyone is as fortunate as me and some people have never had the mother figure that I do and that saddens me, everyone should have a Mum like mine.
Throughout my life, she has always been there for me, caring for me and encouraging me in every step I take.
She may not realise it, I probably don’t tell her enough, but she has taught me so much and I am forever grateful to have her in my life.
When my Dad passed away she hadn’t even turned 60, she was due to retire from the NHS and I think for a moment she thought her life was over, yet she picked herself up and has made a lovely little life for herself, and I know my Dad would be so proud of her.
She’s travelled to Amsterdam this week, something she forever doubts she is capable of, but she is, she’s always been capable and it’s one of the many things I love about her.
Here are just some of the things she has taught me.
Be kind always
Even when you don’t feel like it, even if they don’t deserve it. Be kind always, you can never be sure what anyone is going through. And even if they’re not grateful or deserving of your kindness always strive to be the better person in any situation. Mum is by far the kindest person I know; she is someone who goes out of her to make sure everyone else is okay.
Look after yourself
Whether that’s your skin, your health or your mind. Look after yourself and treat your body with kindness, it’s the only one you will ever have. Drink your water, keep active and moisturize your skin, it will thank you in later life.
If you don’t have it, don’t spend it
Something I am slowly trying to add to my own life. My mum has never been one for debt, never one for putting anything on credit. She has lived her whole life with the mentality of if you don’t have the money to pay for something you don’t get it.
Be a good listener
My mum is an amazing listener and I believe this is why she is so popular and has so many friends, she will listen without judgment to anyone who needs her. If you ever need to rant, she’s there, if you need to cry, she will dry your tears. She is there 100% for anyone who needs her.
Forgive other’s mistakes
I have made a lot of mistakes in my life, but she is always the first to forgive me. Forgiving someone who hurts you is one of the most difficult things to master but my mum has taught me the value of forgiving is worth so much more than holding onto hate.
My mum inspires me every day to be a better person, she has taught me so many lessons over the years and for that I will be forever grateful.