I am grateful to be apart of such an amazing community that embraces strong, independent and adventurous women.But how do we get to be strong women? We all learned these skills from either experiences or an individual(s). These people and experiences have allowed us to grow into amazing women; Women that encourage, support and challenge each other to be better individuals, and in turn better adventurers.
So was it experiences or an individual that has molded me into the person that I am today. Probably a little bit of both, we grow from the experiences that we have encountered, but one individual has been shaping me into the individual that I am, since birth. She wears a lot of hats in my life; from mentor, to best friend to most importantly the role of my mom. She is the strongest person I know, and I can only strive to be half the woman that she is. I learnt resiliency, and how to overcome adversity from her at a very young age, eleven years old to be specific. It was a normal day, similar to any other day in June when the unthinkable happen. My active, healthy dad had a massive heart attack leaving my mom a widow, with five kids all under the age of thirteen.
We all knew the pain and devastation she was experiencing, however, she never let it get in the way of raising all of us to be the best versions of ourselves. She remained compassionate, caring and uplifting. With her positive outlook on life, she embraced all of our little quirks as she raised us by herself. Working full time, and raising five kids on top of that, she still found time to be at every one of my soccer games, every school award, and every important moment in my life. How she found the time to attend all my events let alone the rest of my siblings events as well, is beyond me. She is the epitome of strength. She made us her priority, and made sure that we all felt loved and special. She sacrificed her own personal life, in order to enrich the life of her kids. She is my biggest supporter, the shoulder I cry on, my go-to when I need advice. She is the person that has had the most influence on my life, and I am so incredibly honoured to call her my mom. She always seems to have the right answer, and at times I ask myself “what would my mom do in this situation”, she is the compass that guides me.
We all have that person in our lives; that person who makes you want to be a better version of yourself. She is that person for me, and I’m sure many others.She is living proof that when you are surrounded by strong women- you become strong yourself. Those values, beliefs and attributes rub off. I would like to think that I have inherited more from her, than just her cold feet and love for lists. She has the characteristics that every women should strive towards, my mother is not just another women. She is extraordinary.
I will never be able to fathom what she went through,and the difficulties she would have faced. Losing her husband and being forced to raise five children on her own, speaks to her strength and her undeniable ability to tackle adversity. She has inspired me to tackle life head on, and live it to the fullest. She fully supports my love for adventure and is always excited to hear about my life stories. She gave me everything and expected nothing in return, a true act of selflessness. The love I have for her cannot be described and it can not be measured, she is the love of my life. We need to continue to support and encourage strong women. Let us be them, let us learn from them and let us raise them.