In the spirit of Mother’s Day, this week I want to share with you a very important life lesson that I learned at a very young age. I learned how important it is to put love above pride. When I was 17 years old, I had the typical teenage girl attitude. I wouldn’t let anyone tell me what to do, I felt suffocated by my parents, and I definitely wasn’t going to admit any wrong-doing. Ever. I, like all teenagers, was fighting for independence. Even though doing the exact opposite of what parents say is a normal habit for this stage of life, you never expect to suddenly lose a parent. Especially when you think holding a grudge is the best way to teach your parents a lesson.

On June 5th 2005, my mother passed away unexpectedly from a severe heart-attack. We were not on the best of terms at the time and that is a feeling I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Although a very unfortunate situation, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. I now have a unique
perspective on life and hopefully one that you will obtain through my experience. The thought that we never know what tomorrow will bring is always in the back of my mind. That makes me love a little deeper, say the things I want to the people I care about, and live my life to the absolute fullest. If there is something I want to accomplish, it is easier to keep my fears at bay because I know we are only here for a short time. None of us make it out alive! 🙂 I want to keep this week’s blog short so it will hopefully give you a little more time to think about what is really important. It’s natural to let pride get in the way but trust me, it is not worth it. Say what you really mean to the people you love. Appreciate the people that show you love even if it’s not exactly how you want to be shown love. See the best in people, don’t keep track of their mistakes. Forgive and let go. After someone passes away, all we are left with is the love we have for them. Absolutely nothing else matters. If I had my mom here for one more day, I would tell her everything I love about her and how much she is missed. I wouldn’t complain, argue, or ignore her ever again. Unfortunately, I do not have that opportunity but I’m guessing that many of you reading this do. So go hug your mom and tell her that you love and appreciate her because she could be taken from you tomorrow.

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