Anyone who knows her would agree with the statement that my mother is as amazing as she is non traditional. So it should come as no surprise that she doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day. I can’t help myself though, I have to celebrate her – I try to do this more than once a year, but I particularly love to think about her and all she has taught me on Mother’s Day.
I asked her last night to send me some of her pearls of knowledge, some things she would tell her 38-year old self (my age) if she could go back in time. And as always, her insights are invaluable.
- Cherish your dreams and protect them. Always.
- Have fun. Yes, life is very serious stuff – but please, have fun. If you don’t have fun right now, what’s the point?
- Talk about sex. Talking about it may be the best thing to do besides having it – doing it. We women need to talk more about sex, in public, at dinners, at parties, publicly, and tell the world how much sexual pleasure is important to us. Don’t contribute to the lie that women only like love and men only like sex.
- Love your face and your body. They are uniquely yours. Look at yourself every day naked in the mirror. Are you aging? Love aging and be grateful for it. Is there something you don’t like about your appearance? Work to change it.
- Don’t let a day go by without learning something new. You haven’t yet today? You know, we have this wonderful thing called books – and now internet. Never stop learning, never stop being curious.
- Read poetry – preferably out loud, to yourself and to (your) children.
Thank you Mom – for being you, for never being afraid to tell it like it is, and for never judging.