There is only so much I can say or do about my gratitude and love for you but even if I begin to write it down, there would just never be enough pages in my book.
Let me just start by apologising to you. For all the times I have fought with you and for the times I’ve let you down. I want to apologise for all the times I was a total brat to you; when I was rude to you, selfish and unkind. Maybe it is easier for me to take my frustrations out on you than anyone else in this world because I know you love me unconditionally. I know I’m not the best with dealing with confrontation, especially with people telling me where I’ve gone wrong. But I understand now why it’s you to tell me what I did that may be out of line or making it clear about the wrong direction that I have taken. Its you because you are the only person in this whole world that truly knows me, even better then myself at times. I know you are only trying to protect me and guide me and because you love me and care for me. Even though I thought all these times you were never on my side, I know now that you have never left and never will.
Next comes me telling you, thank you. Two words that mean so little when comparing them to every little thing it is that you do for me. Thank you for teaching me right from wrong and how to stand on my own two feet. Thank you for teaching me maturity, wisdom, kindness and to always have a generous heart. Thank you for the advice, the shoulder to cry on and comforting me through all the heartbreaks and little bumps in the road. Thank you for your forgiveness and immeasurable patience through all the times that I’ve been horrible to you. Thank you for waiting up and worrying, for the lectures and the endless concerns. Thank you for teaching me to try to see the best in people always. Thank you for the laughter, the smiles, the lessons and reminding me that I’ll always have somebody who loves me for who I am flaws and all. You have shown me that it is okay to make mistakes; it’s okay to cry and its okay to be whom I am. When life has been difficult and things were just not going my way, you were right by my side believing in me and reminding me of my worth as a human being. You encouraged me to keep reaching for the unreachable and never settle for anything less than I deserved. As I get older, I realise more and more how much you have done for me and continue to do every day.
Lastly mum, I want to tell you how much I love you. You are the most important and influential woman in my life and you will always be. I look at you and feel proud to be your daughter. Life has really thrown some rocks your way but it has never dulled your spirit and personality. You continue to amaze me of how mentally strong you are, full of love and your motivation to keep going. You always go out of your way not only for me but also for anyone and everyone and it means more to us than I’ll ever be able to express in words. I’m incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to have all that I have in my life thanks to you.
So mum, I love you so much, to the ends of the earth and until the day I’m no longer walking on it.