8 Reasons Why Your Mom Is Your Best Friend

8 Reasons Why Your Mom Is Your Best Friend

Because mothers really know best!
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A mom is defined by the dictionary as, "A woman in relationship to a child or children to whom she as given birth." While this may be the dictionary's definition, I beg to differ that a mom is so much more than that. A mom, is a role model, a care giver, a worst enemy, but most importantly, a best friend. An average mom carries a child in her womb for approximately nine months. During the nine months, she already knows who you are before you can even comprehend that you exist and already loves you unconditionally. Now, the dictionary defines a best friend as, "one's closest and dearest friend." Doesn't that sound more accurate?

1. She has seen you at your worst.

Whether you're sick as a dog curled around the toilet on the bathroom floor, or sobbing horrifically with mascara streaming down your face, your mom has seen it all. She will be there to hold your hair, grab the make-up wipes, or pick you up from that party that got too out of hand two blocks down the street on a Saturday night.

2. You can talk to her for hours.

"He said, she said" never goes away. Your mom could listen for hours on who said what, and why so and so is just "too immature these days." And after your done ranting, she'll offer the best advice on the situation even if you don't believe it at first. Once you're done your part though, you take in all the "adult gossip" and finish the night laughing with one another at how annoying everyone just seems to besides the two of you.

3. She will keep all of your secrets.

A bond between a mother and daughter is unbreakable. You can tell her what you did last weekend, and swear her to secrecy knowing she will not tell a single soul. You tell her things you wouldn't even tell your closest friends. And if you have a real keeper, she won't even tell Dad! Besides, who will keep her secrets if she doesn't keep yours?

4. She tells you how it is.

If the shorts are too short, she'll tell you. If that eye shadow is just not your color, she'll tell you. If that boy can't be trusted, she'll tell you. It's like moms have a sixth sense for that sort of thing, ya know? Other friends may tell you that the shorts look fine because they want to leave the store, or tell you the guy is the one, just because her boyfriend is best friends with him... but not your mom.

5. She keeps your life together.

Whether you want to admit it or not, moms really do all of the behind the scenes work starting from your diaper days. From day one, she has been picking up your crap (literally). As a teen, she touches your nasty uniforms, and supplies the ultimate satisfyer -- food! Even into your adult years, your mom won't let you fall. Whether it's watching the kids while you enjoy a night out or helping out with a payment or two, your mom will have your back.

6. She will laugh with you, when no one else is.

A rumor leaked and you feel like your the talk of the local high school or even the town. All of your friends sided against you and you are left with nothing to do but sit on the couch by yourself on the weekends. You can count on your mom to take you shopping to ease the humility or even watch "Gossip Girl" on Netflix till your so involved in fanatical drama to worry about your own. She'll be there when no one else thinks it's "cool" to be.

7. She will take any bullet necessary.

Some friends may say they'll sit in the slammer with you, but your mom will actually be the one locked up with you if necessary. You're her daughter -- she will do her best to protect you from anything with out even second guessing herself.

8. She loves you unconditionally.

A mother's love is forever. No one else's is guaranteed. Without my mom, I have no idea where I would be today. Probably, lost and confused in my own little world. Because of her love and friendship, I have been successful in everything I have tackled so far. Even when we have little petty fights, I know I am always forgiven. My mom is my best friend, and if you considered the list above, I'm sure yours is too.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Blocking Toxic Family Members Can Be Just What You Needed

It isn't an easy choice but it can be the most rewarding.

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I haven't written for the Odyssey in quite some time due to this large issue in my life that I feel some people may also need to hear. Watching your parents go through a divorce can be difficult in itself, but what about having to remove one of your parents from your life at the same time? It's something I don't think many people could imagine doing. However, sometimes you are forced into the position between choosing what is best for your mental health or what is expected of you. For me, I realized that I needed to put myself first.

I realized that I am my own person. How I present myself and how I act and what I choose to believe in is how the world perceives me. I was faced with a parent who did not let me be who I am. The way I thought had to be in line with theirs. What I openly spoke about had to be in line with that parent's thoughts. This also, in turn, meant I had to revolve how I was perceived to the world around that parent's family. I had to abide by these societal norms and do what someone else expected of me. I realized that was ludicrous.

This parent was also abusive. They were toxic and manipulative and I could not stand idly by and just take that from them while also trying to become an independent young adult. I was forced to sit and watch one of my parents transform into someone I didn't recognize anymore. I had to watch them ignore any kind of reality checks and continue to feign innocence. I watched one of my parents mentally manipulate people I once called family into believing lies. I kept my head down and shut my mouth and kept taking the abuse. Now I'm at a point where I can confidently say that I am no longer afraid.

I was forced to cut ties with a parent that raised me, cared for me, attended school functions, fixed toys, bought me my first phone. I was forced to chuck out priceless memories for my own sanity. I could not sit idly by and allow myself to endure one more second of lies or abuse. I had to stand up for myself for once in my life and I blocked most of my family. I blocked cousins, aunts, uncles, and godparents. I changed my phone number that I had since 6th grade. I gave no warning and disappeared from my family's lives. Do I have regrets? No. I would do it again if I had to because I am so much stronger than sitting there and taking it.

I will have one less parent at my college graduation, which I am fighting so hard to achieve. I will have one less parent at my wedding. My future children will have one less grandparent. I mope in these thoughts but then I have to remember the other side of things. I will not have an unsupportive parent at my graduation and instead will have those that were there every step of the way. I will lack someone who was toxic at my wedding. My future children will never have to face the same abusive, toxic situations that my parent put me through. It was a difficult decision to make but one that I know in my heart is worthwhile.

Cutting a family member out of your life is difficult enough but cutting a parent is unimaginable. However, no one deserves to go through abusive situations. It shouldn't matter who the person is; if someone is treating you less than you deserve to be treated, they have no use being in your life. You should always be your first priority. You should never have to endure something for the sake of others. I am here to tell you that you are more than that and that cutting out a family member could actually be the best thing for you, even if it's incredibly difficult. I did it and I'm still here. It made me realize who my real family was, and there will never be enough thank you's in the world to show my mother just how much I appreciate her.

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