Growing up would have been completely different if I didn’t have my Mom right there beside me. Not many people can say that they have the relationship that I have with my Mom. I think of her as my parent, but she is also my best friend. Over the years she has taught me a lot but these six lessons have stuck out the most to me. This is going to be the start of a series that will be sharing different advice from a variety of people.
1. “Never give up.” I know this is a cliché phrase that everyone uses, but some people don’t always remember this advice and just give up after a failure. My Mom has taught me to keep trying after I fail because at some point your success will come, and it will be worth the wait.
2. “Always look presentable before you leave the house because you never know who your going to see.” I live in a small town in New Jersey, and for some reason my Mom would think that celebrities would be everywhere we go. The majority of the time I never saw celebrities but when I did get the chance I was relieved that I didn’t look like a slob. So Ryan Gosling watch out I’ll be ready when I meet you!
3. “See the good in people.” This saying has been a really important lesson because sometimes people can be so focused on the bad qualities of a person that they don’t look for the good traits. Once you find the virtuous qualities they can cancel out the bad and it can change your view of people.
4. “ Have a cup of tea.” Whether I am at school or sitting on the couch in my living room this is my Mom’s go to line when I have a lot of my plate. She believes drinking tea is beneficial for your metabolism and to calm nerves.
5. “If it’s meant to be it will be.” If you thought “never give up” was cliché this might be worse. My Mom always tells me this when I am overthinking something too much, because she believes that people can’t waste their time with what should’ve, could’ve, or would’ve happened, they just have to accept that it was for an unknown reason.
6. Like any typical Italian mother she has taught me that eating should be an experience, not a time where people shovel food into their mouths but when food is enjoyed.