I had to write a one page college essay on the person who has had the biggest impact on my life. I naturally wrote about my amazing mother.
Someone who has had the biggest and significant influence on me is, of course, my mother. My mom and I were always best friends and I can’t remember a time where we weren’t close. Growing up, my mom had to raise me by herself after my father had passed away in October of 2003. Although I was aware that I was being raised by only one parent, it hardly ever felt that way. My mom gave me enough love, support, and advice for not only two parents but maybe even more.
My mom is an incredibly strong woman who has been through a tremendous amount in her life. She shares everything with me and has never once lied to me about her past or anything I ask her. She has taught me to not only be real with others, but to be real with myself. To confront my fears, insecurities, and problems, and to embrace them for what they are. She has always told me, “if you confront your fears, no one can hold them against you.” I wisely listened to that advice and it molded me into the confident, independent young woman I am today. I learned that in order for you to fully and properly accept someone’s love, you must truly, genuinely love yourself and work with what you were given. I can proudly say, that with the help of my mom, I have accomplished that step in my life.
She’s also the reason why I have such a positive outlook on life and can almost always see the bright side to every situation, and, also, see both sides to every situation. She taught me at a very young age to appreciate everything I have, whether it be big or small, a lot or a little, good or bad. She taught me to never, ever judge anyone by their looks, their material objects, and, sometimes, even their personality. She would always tell me that I could be in that same situation tomorrow. Taking this into consideration, I realized how true it was. I came to realize that material objects do not make a man, man makes material objects. How big someone’s house is, what car a person drives, or what logo a person has on his clothes does not define who they are as an individual. All of that can be gone by tomorrow, and what will be left is who you truly are as a person. Yet again, with guidance from my mom, I learned this very important lesson.
Like many other people, my mom is my role model. I am so thankful to have such a smart, strong, independent woman as not only my mom, but my best friend. She shaped me into the woman I am, will become, and, in the future, raise my children to be. I can only hope to share the knowledge she shared with me with everyone I come across.