Mothers are very special people. They bring us in to this world, change our nappies, chase after us day and night, deal with temper tantrums as kids, do their very best to guide us through the tricky teenage years and in the adult years, they become great friends.
Perhaps your mother wasn't a great mum. Or maybe your mum doesn't live close. Maybe your mum is no longer around, and you wish that you could say 'I love you' and 'thank you' once more. Maybe some other special lady stepped in to the place where your mum should've been. But regardless of what situation you have been faced with, what stage of life you're in, you fit in to at least one of these categories: daughter, sister, mother, aunt, mentor and friend.
So let's celebrate all kinds of 'mums' - blood related or not. She is fierce, she is bold, she is loving and oh, she is strong.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR MUM?
My mom is my best friend. She was always there for me my entire life growing up and nothing has changed since I became an adult. She does absolutely everything for me, puts everyone else before herself and that is what I love about her. She is my role model and my example in my every day life. One thing that I think is very important, and is really the reason why I respect her to this day, is that when I was little she always made it clear that she was not my best friend but my mother, and that there is a difference between the two. So now that I am the age of an adult, I respect her in a way that is different than just a normal best friend.
- Carly, 20
My mum is one of those ladies who can do anything. She can cut hair , make clothes, ice cakes, play the ukulele, get any stain out of a shirt and still find time to bless people. By living with her and watching her, I've learned the power of being an all rounder, and that you're never too old to learn new things. When there's a will, there's a way, and you can bless, serve and provide in ways that you thought were never possible. Just give it a go. What have you got to lose? My mum = all round legend.
- Vita, 36
I've learned from my mum how to be resilient. You can overcome anything life throws at you. Regardless of what people say or circumstances that come, if you believe in yourself and have faith - you will overcome.
- Chloe, 24
As my mum is French, I have learned so much about France from her. I have learned to be strong from her, and that life goes on and gets better, and to accept some situations and be the bigger person. She also introduced me to Chanel and LV, hehe!
- Zee Hassan, 27
My mum has taught me almost everything I know. She is one of the smartest and most kind-hearted women in the world and I have learned a lot from her over the years. I have learned the value of education, family and friends. I have learned to give grace and to forgive people for their mistakes. I have learned to treat everyone with respect and to build people up not tear them down. She is the reason I am who I am today and I am forever grateful for everything she has done for me.
- Christie, 14
I learned more from my mum than I could ever put into words, but I'll give it a try! My mother is the kind of woman who lights up the room, but this is not something that has absolutely nothing to do with being the most beautiful woman in the room. She taught me that in order to shine at our brightest, we must first, and continually, shine our light towards others. Give in order to receive! She taught me that that quantity of gratitude, humility and generosity you show to those around you is a true measure of a woman's beauty and success, not how long her legs are or how high she climbs the career ladder. And above all else, she taught me that that magic little sparkle in a woman's eyes can only be earned by making it through life's total disasters. The more chaos she survives, the better that sparkle in her eye!
- Lisa, 37
From my Mom, I learned patience & strength. Through raising a son with special needs, she has shown me an incredible amount of patience and understanding. She relies on God for her strength, which she has taught me to do over the years.
- Ashley Sams, 22
My mother has taught me a lot of things, but in all things the most important she has shown me is that strength is not just a physical act. Strength can be gentle. It is seen in listening without judgment, in being able to forgive past mistakes, and loving unconditionally. “She may be small, but she is fierce.”
- Sohlange, 23
My mother taught me that despite our own challenges, we can always show generosity, kindness & care to those less fortunate. She also taught me the importance of presenting my physical self in the best way possible even when we don't have the resources to have the clothes or accessories with the 'label' - just be the best YOU you can be!
- Noeleen, 59
And lastly, I want to share what I've learned from my incredible mum!
Mum is a superwoman! Mum drove us around early morning and after school, doing multiple trips for all of our extra curriculum activities - from choirs and musicals, to vocal, piano, oboe, clarinet, viola, & trombone lessons (yes, we gave almost every instrument under the sun a go!), to dancing, tennis coaching, soccer practice, and early morning swimming training (sorry, mum). I don't know how she let us do it all at the expense of her sanity! Mum has taught me that family comes first, and she has shown me unconditional love.
- Elise, 21