My mom is my best friend in the entire world and I can't imagine where I would be without her. She has taught me everything I know, and I am forever grateful for her. Here are five of the many things she has taught me.

1. Have as much fun as you can while you are young.

My mom has never been the type of parent to not let me go out with my friends. If all my friends were going out and I couldn't afford what we were doing, she would throw me some cash. Even if I was tired and didn't want to do anything, she would push me to get out of the house.

She taught me that these are the best years of my life and the last thing I should be doing is wasting them. Although she can be overprotective at times, she has always encouraged me to have as much fun as I can while I'm still young.

2. ​​Hard work will pay off.

Whether she was talking about my schoolwork, sports, or literally anything else, she repeatedly told me to work hard at whatever I was doing. My mom was the one who would sit with me for hours after school when I was younger, helping me with homework until late at night.

She was always the one on her feet and cheering as loud as possible at all of my soccer games. Even though I felt like she pushed me too hard sometimes, I am grateful for how much she challenged me to do my best.

3. You can't be happy until you're happy on your own.

After going through a rough break-up, my mom continuously told me that I had to learn how to be happy on my own. She taught me that I cannot depend on anyone else to make me happy and that I have the ability to be happy on my own.

I didn't listen to her at first, but I now realize how right she was after all this time. I am finally so happy now and I owe it to my mom for helping me get here.

4. Moms can always spot a fake friend.

Throughout my years in high school, my mom would mention how she didn't like some of my friends at the time. I wouldn't listen to her and I figured she just didn't know them well enough. I am no longer friends with some of the people she warned me about and I realized that she was right all along.

I was stabbed in the back and not treated right by the people who were supposed to be my friends, and somehow my mom could see right through them the whole time. Listen to your mom when she says someone is no good for you; she's probably right.

5. Be a leader, not a follower.

One of the biggest lessons my mom has taught me is to be my own person. It's important to express your own opinion and not just go along with what everyone else is doing. Life is too short to follow other people, and confidence is key.

My confidence level used to be extremely low, but it has greatly increased, thanks to my mom. She is my number one supporter, and she taught me to do whatever it is that makes me happy.