Today is your birthday — the day God put you on this earth so that you can spread your love and compassions unto others throughout your life. I find it no coincidence that you were born on the day written in calendars as International Women’s Day. How is it that a woman who is full of life, laughter and love can also be born on a day celebrating women internationally?
God is funny like that sometimes.
I thought about ways to honour you and women as a whole and decided to do so through words.
Ever since I can remember, you have been a vital part of my life. You carried me inside of your womb for nine whole months. I made you sick, tired and put you through so much pain as you pushed me into this world, but you quickly forgot and loved me unconditionally. When I was a child, you worked multiple jobs to ensure that you could provide for me. I know you must have been exhausted and sometimes even defeated, but you never skipped a beat.
You sacrificed so much for me to have the best possible life — like sending me to live in your home country of Trinidad for a year while you and daddy relocated from Brooklyn to Raleigh. I cannot imagine how difficult it could be for a mother to part with her child for a year, but you had the bigger picture in mind. Moving to Raleigh was probably the best decision you made that influenced my childhood and my young adult life. While growing up, you went out of your way to find extra curricular programmes and activities for me to do based on the interests I expressed to you.
It didn’t matter if I wanted to be a doctor, writer, actor, artist…etc. — you were right there, beside me & cheering me on.
The most important things you taught me are:
-No dream is too big
-The art of hustle
-What God has for me, is for you and no one can take that away from me
Through watching you juggle multiple jobs; I developed a strong work ethic and knew that I would have to work for whatever I wanted to achieve and acquire in life.
I will never forget how you’re the reason I was able to attend school the first semester of my senior year in college. My student loans didn’t come through in time, but you rushed to get money together so I could be able to enroll. I made it 30 minutes before the deadline. If I missed the deadline that day, I wouldn’t have been able to graduate college on time. That semester ended up being my most successful semester in my college career.
Even when I thought it was the end, you taught me to never take “no” for an answer.
After college, I expressed to you my desire to move to NYC.
“When do you want to leave?”
That day, we looked online, picked a date and you bought me a one-way ticket to NYC.
Do you see how you’re my biggest supporter of my dreams? Not once did you stifle my dreams in life. Sometimes you don’t see my vision or understand what I’m doing, but it’s ok because you show your support and believe in me regardless.
I couldn’t spend your birthday this year with you (because I now live on the other side of the world), but I am thinking of you and celebrating you on this day.
You’ve given me so much and now it’s my turn to work hard and show you my appreciation.
Happy birthday, mom.
Also, Happy International Women’s Day to all of the hardworking women out there who go after their dreams, don’t take “no” for an answer & make being a woman look easy!