Like any mother and daughter, my Mum and I have our ups and downs. No one on earth pushes my buttons like she does and to be honest she most likely feels exactly the same about me.
My Mum always says that being a parent is the hardest thing in the world because you’re always doubting whether you’re doing the right thing, don’t get me wrong there are a few things my Mum got wrong but I couldn’t be more grateful for what a great job she (and my dad) did.
Therefore, in honour of my wonderful Mother, I have put together some of the 5 biggest life lessons she has taught me:
Retail therapy solves everything. From being bullied to having a headache, my Mum believes that retail therapy is all you need and she’s not wrong. Throughout my teenage years, my Mum and I would spend after school traipsing around the shops buying things we didn’t need just to make us happy. There is nothing like the buzz after a good shopping trip – especially if you picked up some bargains.
Laugh a lot. My Mum is one of the most immature people I know. It’s rare that we can get through a roast dinner without her sticking peas in her teeth and smiling, and shes the first to point out that a Happy Meal toy looks like it has a willy but she always says that laughter is the best medicine and can get you through almost anything.
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you try your best. Whether I had an exam or was going to a new job, my Mum has never put any pressure on me. As long as I am happy and doing my best then that is all that matters. I could honestly say that if I had dropped out of uni to become a stripper, she would have been disappointed, but if that’s what I wanted to do and was happy, she would be too.
Don’t waste time on ironing. My Mum spends her life Ironing. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration but she irons everything from tea towels to knickers and spends hours of her life standing at an ironing board. This taught me from a very early age that there is more to life that ironing and housework – hence why I now have a cleaner and have picked up an iron about 3 times since I moved out over 4 years ago!
Be selfless. My Mum has more selflessness in her little finger than I have in my whole body. I have no doubt that she would walk to the ends of the earth for my brother and I but even when it comes down to people she’s worked with or other members of my family, my Mum is always putting everyone else first. I wish I could even be half as caring as she is.
So there you have it, 5 life lessons from my Mum. We all probably take our parents and loved ones for granted and while today should be celebrated, we should also make the effort to do nice things and be there for those that are special to us on ordinary days as well.
My thoughts go out to everyone who can’t spend today with their Mum’s today, even though we live miles apart I really couldn’t imagine being without mine, today or any day.