I talk about my mom, Tama so much that sometimes I wonder if it annoys people. Maybe not everyone wants to hear the glimmering nuggets of wisdom she shares with me when I face a crisis, both large and pitifully small. But she has a way of extracting the most important facts in any situation and reducing them to simple, powerful lessons. My roommate and I once joked that #TamaBearWise should always be trending on Twitter.
In my family, Mother’s Day doesn’t come around just once a year. My mom is the most important person in my life and I hope she wakes up every day knowing how loved she is. But just in case she wasn’t 110% sure, this is for her — and for every other amazing mom out there.
Thank you, mom.
Thank you for forcing me to do things I didn’t want to do because you knew I needed to experience them before I could reject them.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of empathy and the value of kindness.
Thank you for making me work for everything I thought I wanted, so that I learned the importance of delayed gratification — and that what we want is highly changeable.
Thank you for welcoming my friends into our home, and always making them feel like it was their home, too.
Thank you for letting me fail, so that I could learn how to pick myself up again.
Thank you for pushing me when I was too lazy, or scared, to push myself.
Thank you for helping me during my darkest moments.
Thank you for being two parents in one, when it’s hard enough to just be a mom.
Thank you for affirming that I can talk to you about anything, no matter how difficult and painful some of those conversations have been.
Thank you for laughing with me and at me, and letting me do the same.
Thank you for listening to hours and hours of petty life sagas, and always making me feel like every single one provided a valuable lesson to carry forward.
Thank you for comforting me during moments of heartbreak with your contagious positivity and for affirming, with gusto, “it’s his loss.”
Thank you for supporting the unstable career path I’ve chosen, and cheering me on in all of my endeavors like I’m running for President.
Thank you for not killing me when I told you about that tattoo.
Thank you for showing me how to be a lady boss and teaching me to always stand up for myself professionally.
Thank you for encouraging me to embrace my feminist leanings and teaching me that happiness comes from within.
Thank you for leading by example, and being the most inspiring example a young girl could ever hope for.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally for the person I am.
Most of all, mom, thank you for being you; because without you, I definitely wouldn’t be me.
Happy Mother’s Day. I love you.
If your mom is as awesome as Tama Bear, but you don’t know how to tell her that, please feel free to share this post to let her know how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you!