Happy Mother’s Day to Mums and Mums to be out there! Seeing as I’m not actually in the UK with my Mum this year, I thought I’d do a Mother’s Day post from the heart and share the top things I’ve learnt from my Mum over the years. Not everyone is lucky enough to still have their Mum or be close to their Mum, but I speak to mine almost every day. I wanted to share the life lessons I’ve learned as I’ve grown up to the almost thirty-year-old I am now.
It’s never too late to go for what you really want
For the first 11 or 12 years of my life, my Mum was ‘just’ mine and my brother’s Mum. She helped with the business that she jointly owned with my Dad, but her full time occupation was being our Mum. Then when she got to about 40 and me and my brother were a bit more grown up, she had what I guess you’d describe as a calling to be a Priest. Pretty radical, huh.
So off she popped to Priest school and a number of years later (my memory is terrible) out she popped as a Vicar. 40 is no spring chicken age to be completely changing your career and your life, but my Mum did it, proving that it’s never too late to go for what you really want!
GIRL POWER – Women kick ass in a male dominated environment
In case you hadn’t noticed, there aren’t many female Vicars knocking around. But that didn’t stop my Mum, and she doesn’t let it stop her on a daily basis either. She is kicking ass in the world of priesthood and so are a lot of women at the moment. She is supportive of her fellow female colleagues and that is hugely inspirational. Let’s support each other, not tear each other down!
Strong family values
(I totes look like I’ve got a wind machine on my face here, it’s great isn’t it?!)
We are a small but well-formed bunch of people in my family. There aren’t a lot of us (although tell that to my wedding seating plan) but those of us there are, we are close to. I am lucky enough to live physically close to my parents but even though my brother lives in London, it doesn’t stop us spending quality time together. I love Christmas at home because it’s all about chilling out with family and this has been instilled in us since we were children.
It’s only as I’ve got a bit older that I’ve really appreciated how important this time is. Sure, your family can drive you up the wall, but they also ground you and remind you of your roots. They provide stability and reassurance and that kind of support is unlike anything else.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mum
So here’s to you, Mum – thank you for everything you’ve taught me over the years and all the love and support you’ve given me. Oh and, btw, I can’t afford a snazzy present this year so I hope this will suffice!