I have tried to start this letter a million times, figuring out the right words to use when my heart is both bursting with pride and torn in two. I’m not sure if writing this at my most vulnerable is the right thing to do, but I will give it a shot anyway.
As a parent, you feel like you owe your children the world; it’s the reason you gave birth to them, isn’t it? I am sure I am no different than any other mother in saying that their children are unique, one of a kind, special. I am proud of each of them for their achievements; my heart breaks when they are disappointed, and of course, my motherly instinct of wrapping them up in cotton wool takes over when they feel a little battered.
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It all seems a little harder and becomes a little more of a focal point when you are miles away. It’s not like I can give them a hug when life throws them a curveball or two. So how do you handle the ups and downs in life when you aren’t there to keep an eye on them?
It’s so bizarre that right now, I feel like I’m learning a thing or two about life from the ones that I thought I was teaching life lessons to. It surprises me that my children have taught me things that I didn’t realise I needed teaching even at my age.
I sit back and listen to them, how they have grown to be level-headed, strong-willed kids who are older and wiser than their years. I look to their courage and strength in certain situations and wonder if I probably would have crumbled at their age; if I am, to be honest, even at my age now!
I hear how their disappointments make them stronger and how life’s curveballs make their bonds even tighter. It is pretty impressive for kids their age; I see them rally behind each other and support each other and help pick up the shattered pieces to rebuild their lives once more.
I have learned to appreciate the small things that life brings, not stress the big stuff because it all works out in the end. When my anxiety gets the better of me, they can sometimes be the sound of reason. (At times, our roles reverse).
So to my children, I feel blessed to have you in my life. I am so grateful that I have your unconditional love, and most of all, thank you for being you and teaching me how to pursue my dreams, persevere when speed bumps occur and never give up on what I believe in because you three are indeed my inspiration.
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