Three Lessons I Learned from my Mother

October 03, 2014

My mother has always been very influential in my life as I am her only daughter as well as the baby of the family. Over the span of my life she's taught me a thing or two about how to handle life, how to handle people, and various other tidbits. Now, I'm passing some of her wise wisdom off to you with what I think are the three most important things she ever taught me.

1. If your heart isn't in it, don't continue doing it.

This little piece she gave to me when I was recovering from my soccer injury and debating whether I should continue with soccer or not. I had been playing soccer since I was in third grade and I started playing year-round in middle school. Soccer had been a big part of my life and my families for a very long time and now I found myself stressed about just going to practice. I had fallen out of love with soccer when the point became to win instead of to have fun. She told me that if my heart wasn't there what was the point of putting effort in. If I wasn't giving it 100% I shouldn't be doing it. I feel like I apply this to a lot of aspects in life too. This is also very important in relationships. There are really only so many attempts you can do to make something work and that's all there is to it.

2. You can do whatever you want to do.

My mother got me involved in Girl Scouts when I was in first grade and having been involved with it for over twelve years was really eye opening. I got numerous doors of opportunity opened for me because of this organization and some of these experiences I don't think I would have ever been able to experience if it weren't for Girl Scouting and my mother. Through all these doors that were opening I got to see how true it is; you really can do whatever you want to do. This is more of the aspect of say work and occupation, but there's no reason you shouldn't be happy. It is your life and you have the right to be happy. All it takes is a passion and a little change and you can achieve your dreams.

3. Giving is better than receiving.

When I was really young I would go with my parents to drop off old toys and clothes to the donation center. At Christmas time we would take several "giving angels" and get the things on the list to give to people in the community for Christmas. My favorite part of that was picking out the color of the coat a little girl wanted, a board game a boy wanted, or a set of pajamas. The feeling you get after helping someone is the best feeling in the world, like getting in to a bed with fresh sheets, or coming  home to a home cooked meal, or hugging a friend you haven't gotten to see in a while. The little things in life are truly amazing, as she has also taught me. We should celebrate life every day and for we should spread this happiness and wealth to others.

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