What’s up guys, I hope everyone is having an incredible weekend!
As you know, this blog is primarily for training, nutrition and motivation.
Tons of free information on how to get bigger, stronger, faster and how to become the best version of yourself.
But today I felt the need to change the pace a bit.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day I’ve decided to tribute this post to all the moms out there of course, but more specifically, my mom.
Maybe I’m getting a little soft, but hey, when it comes to moms I think we all tend to have a soft spot.
I spoke last post about how things weren’t always perfect for us growing up.
When I think of my mother the number one thing that pops in my head is resiliency.
This woman has been through a lot. More than anyone deserves. But, every time I see my mother, she has a smile from ear to ear. She could have had the worst day of her life, but you would never know it.
The people that know my mom would be shocked if they heard what she’s been through. Because if you knew her while she was going through those tough times you better believe she was smiling and laughing every single day.
That alone speaks volumes for the type of person my mother is.
Whenever I’d be facing something difficult in life she would tell me that “It’s always darkest before dawn” assuring me that things would get better.
I’m not sure if I would have gotten through those times without her.
I can honestly say there has never been a time in my life that I was afraid to tell my mom anything… Well, maybe when my parents were on vacation and I had a party and broke her favorite Elvis Presley collectable plates, but that’s a different story for a different day… Sorry mom.
But other than that, it’s safe to say that I never worried about sharing my personal life with her. And that’s because she is literally the most caring person I have ever met and will do whatever she can to help anyone.
She never judges people and always gives them a chance.
That is a quality that is hard to find these days and is something I strive for.
“Never be quick to judge anyone because you don’t know what they’re going through” is something I have always heard her say.
There are so many people that judge others regardless of how little they know about that person.
She has taught me to understand people rather than immediately think less of them.
For that mom, I thank you.
The world would be a better place if more people looked at life the way you do, mom.
About a year ago she underwent a double knee replacement surgery.
This is a surgery that comes along with a very painful recovery process.
Not once have I heard her complain.
Not about the rehab. Not about the pain. Not about the difficulty of doing day to day activities, nothing.
Just maybe a joke and a laugh about it.
That’s because even though she probably won’t admit it, she’s a pretty tough old lady!
Just kidding, Ma, YOUNG lady!
Either way watching her go through her recovery taught me that there is no sense in complaining.
In life you’ll go through painful experiences, but complaining won’t make the pain subside. You might as well take a breath, smile and keep moving forward.
“It’s all you can do.”
She always says that “things happen for a reason” and even when something bad happens she reverts back to that saying and looks at the glass half full.
With everything my mother has been through and the way she has handled the events in her life she’s taught me a few things.
She has taught me that no matter how hard things can get you should never let it break you.
Regardless of how hard life can be the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. You have to keep moving forward.
Without her in my life I’m not sure I would be capable of understanding such positivity.
And I thank you for that, mom.
I have learned that complaining doesn’t get you anywhere.
And when times get difficult to keep smiling.
Be happy. Help people, because you don’t know what they are experiencing in their lives.
Sometimes a simple act of kindness can be the best part of someone else’s day, and with that said there are plenty of people out there who’s day became better when they crossed paths with my mother.
Life is short and sometimes you have to roll with the punches.
But in the end you will be stronger because of them.
Mom, over the course of the years you have meant so much more to me than I can explain.
You are a role model.
You are a friend.
You are someone I can trust with anything.
You are a mother.
You are the best.
And for all of that I can never repay you.
I have found my strength and will through you.
And I can only wish that I can one day attempt to be the quality person you are.
Now your generosity, kindness and loving spirit can hopefully impact the people reading this post the way you have impacted every person you have ever encountered.
I love you and want to thank you for all you have ever done for me.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
And all of the other moms out there!
Enjoy your day.
P.S. Sorry about the Elvis plates. 🙂