An Open Letter To My Mom
To my mom,
You are the light that shines in my life when everything seems to be going dark. You have made a countless number of sacrifices to make sure I am happy. You put your own needs aside to ensure my needs are met. You were my safe place when fear took over my life. You remind me that through every struggle, every set back, every fear and every doubt of hope, there will be a light that shines in the dark. You remind me that everything in life happens for a reason. Most importantly, you teach me how to be an exceptional human being.
My mom has been through it all. Everything from unhealthy relationships to her own son having cancer. She’s seen her kids go through so many things. She saw her daughter (me) almost die from appendicitis when I was eleven years old. She saw my sister go through horrible doubts of bullying. She watched her father die. She watched my brother get his arm amputated. She has witnessed so many things, but to this day she stands stronger than I could ever imagine she could.
My mom has done many remarkable things in her life that has inspired me in a way I cannot explain. She fosters a teenager who has gone through a really awful life in which she now has a home where she feels safe and cared for. She helps anyone when they need help. She has woke up in the latest hours of the night just to talk me out of a panic attack or a fear. She would pick me up at 3 in the morning when I was at a friends house just because I wanted to come home. She has done so many things that make me feel like God or whoever is watching over me gave me the best gift I could receive.
So thank you Mom. Thank you for everything. Everything you put aside for me, every ride to dance, every dollar spent, every hug, every smile, every word of encouragement. All of the times you forgave me for being a bratty teenager or a moody young woman. I thank you for all of my opportunities and successes. I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have you for a mother. Thank you for giving me life. For giving me a life where I am reminded every day that I am loved and worthy.
If I could be half of the mom you are, I would thank God every day. I will never be able to thank you enough for being the best thing in my life. You are my rock. Everything I do right in this world I do because of you. All of my wise decisions I make because you have helped me to develop that way. You are my guiding light in my life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
And now I will end with my favorite quote in the world. “Thank you so much for being my mom. If I had another mom, I would punch her in the face and go find you.”