I was inspired to write this post based on my own mother's post on her blog. I don't have a traditional relationship with my mother in a lot of aspects but WHAT exactly HAVE I LEARNED FROM THAT? I have learned that the maternal instinct is not one that always comes naturally but that doesn't mean that it doesn't come. I have learned that to realize your imperfections and embrace them is one of the most valuable lessons you can learn. I have learned that to forgive and let go of judgment can set you free. I have learned that if you really love it it's ok to spend a little more on it. I learned to tilt my head back while I put on mascara rather than raise my eyebrows so I don't create wrinkles. I learned that a bad day can be made better with a little lipstick and new shoes.
I think what my mother may not realize is that the journey she has taken WITH me has taught me more than what she alone could have taught me had she been "the perfect mother". I am proud of the mother that I am and know that I still have a lot to learn. I am grateful for the relationship I have with my own mother and so look forward to all of the years ahead of us, growing as mothers together.