The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day by Sterling and Stacie McDavid
For Mother’s Day, my mom Stacie and I decided to team up to write a post together about the real meaning of Mother’s Day.
My mom lost her mother at the age of 10 and as we started to discuss the concept of Mother’s Day, we quickly realized that many people have different views on the iconic American holiday. To some it may represent a lost parent, making it difficult to enjoy. For other’s it is just a reminder that they themselves can not be mothers. For some, including myself, it is a day to celebrate the strong mother I was fortunate enough to have.
As we dove deeper into the topic, we realized women, whether they have children or not, are all mothers in one way or another caring for those around them in a way men just simply cannot do. Women are strong forces who not only have a strong EQ (emotional intelligence), but they also are incredibly resilient. Whether we have, had or never had a mother, we all have motherly attributes that strongly serve society.
When I think about my own mother, I think about her teaching me to believe in myself, telling me that I can accomplish anything and showing me that women can do anything men can do. Without her or the other strong women in my life, I may never have had the confidence to push forward and move barriers.
With that, we wanted to end with the below thoughts we put together:
1. Be present and live in the moment. Whether you have lost your mother or are fortunate enough to still have her, remember to live in the now and never take one moment with an incredible woman in your life for granted. Also, if you are a mother, be present with your own children.
2. You never know who you are going to touch or inspire, so remember that you are a mother to many even if you do not have children.
3. Take time to tell women in your life you appreciate them. Every motherly moment you have encountered has made you the woman you are – tell those who have shaped you thank you.
4. Have gratitude. There are and have been so many incredible women in the world who have shaped the path for you to accomplish your dreams.
5. Finally, remember to spread the love as it is the most important thing we can do as mothers. “We are born of love. Love is our mother.” -Rumi