My mother has always been there for me. Rather it be when I started my period at 2 AM when I was 12, (and needing to crawl into her bed), or when I’m just feeling down and need someone to talk to to help me take my mind off of it. Either way, she has always been there to help me through life’s struggles and to keep my head up. She’s always the one who helps me feel beautiful when I’m feeling insecure, telling me that I would be beautiful even if I were wearing a potato sack as a dress. So without further adieux, here are 10 Reasons Why My Mother is One of My Best Friends…if not #1.
1. She’s always there for me to confide in:
And usually gives me some piece of advice I didn’t ask for, but at least she’s there and present with me to be able to offer advice in the first place.
2. She hasn’t stopped dreaming:
One thing I notice about a lot of middle aged people is that they stay where they are, even if they aren’t truly happy, because they fear they wont be able to make their dreams come true. My mother has vivid, long winded dreams – and even if she doesn’t get around to accomplishing all of them, I think it’s a good thing to never stop dreaming. That’s something I hope to take from her.
3. She loves animals:
Animals are enriching for her, and they take to her like no one else i’ve ever seen. Since I am an animal person myself, I know that means she has a beautiful, gentle soul. I love that about her.
4. She stands up for herself:
My mother used to be rather timid, but now she doesn’t let people walk all over her. That makes me proud of her.
5. She’s a Mother and a Friend:
Although we have some interests that are polar opposites, we know we can always share a good meal, a cold beer, and some talk about conspiracy theories. That is awesome!
6. She values education:
One thing I always looked up to in my mother was her wisdom and intelligence. She doesn’t necessarily value education in a college sense; but just in the sense that learning enriches your soul. I have begun to realize that and it’s a beautiful thing.
7. She cries over EVERYTHING:
A lot of people see crying as a sign of weakness. I see it as though that person has a deeper connection to the people and the world around them. So much so, that almost every emotion can move them to tears. I’ve actually begun to let myself cry when I experience happiness, and it’s not a bad thing at all! (She’s probably gonna cry when she reads this article.)
8. She embraces differences:
She’s always the one who embraces those around us. She’s the one that told me if I saw someone sitting alone, that I should invite them to sit with my friends and I. She is kind, color-blind, and loving.
9. She procrastinates:
This might seem like a bad thing, but sometimes it can be good. She taught me that I shouldn’t force things when I’m not ready for them. I should wait until I’m mentally ready, so that I can perform to the best of my ability.
10. She continues growing:
She doesn’t stick steadfast to past beliefs if they’re no longer relevant. She tries to curve her way of thinking to fit in with the times.
So these are all reasons why my mother is one of my best friends. It’s quite a remarkable thing when you’re able to connect with your mother on more than a parent level, once you’re past the age of really needing parenting. Happy Mother’s Day mommy! I love you!
Photo credit: Brett Werner – My OC Photo – My Wedding! May 2014