My mom is the one who inspires me most

My Mom Is The Person I Look Up To Most And I Can't Wait To See Her Soon

Since day one, she has supported and loved me unconditionally.

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Dear Mom,

Thank you. Thank you for being there for me any time I've needed someone, thank you for being patient with me when I've had my occasional sassy moments, and thank you for raising me to be the person I am today. I can't imagine having anybody else as my mom. Even to this day, you go out of your way to help me, along with others, overcome problems, and while it may have been difficult to do so at first, you followed your dreams of becoming an artist of beautiful paintings.

An example of when you've helped me is when I was at the peak of my struggles with anxiety. Not only did you notice that something was wrong without me saying anything about it, but you took action when you did find out. You bought and rented books for me to read so I could both learn about my condition as well as find out ways to help me get over my anxiety. Along with that she even did some research on anxiety and got me a therapist.

She also has an amazing sense of humor. Even on her bad days, I hear her laugh at least once. If a good song is playing in the living room while she's in the kitchen, she will sometimes go to the living room and start randomly dancing, or if a good song comes on while cooking in the kitchen, she along with my dad with start belting it at the top of their lungs. Of course, there are many other humorous parts to her personality, like when she sent me little rubber chickens that can be launched like a slingshot during my freshman year of college.

Another reason I admire her so much is because she follows her dreams. Since she was young, she had been drawing, and before I was borne she sold hand-painted jewelry such as earrings, and just a few years ago she started her own small business on an online website where she could sell her paintings. She's had a passion for painting since before I can remember, and in a few of the past houses my family has lived in, she's even had a designated painting room. So, when she finally started up her business I was not only extremely proud of her, but I was also inspired.

In the end, in my personal opinion, my mom is an incredible woman who I, along with others can look up to. Along with that, not only is she my mom, and an amazing one at that, but she is also one of my best friends. Now that I'm in college, I look forward to every call I get to have with her and the family, and can't wait for Thanksgiving break so I can see her again.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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My Mom Is The Reason I Know So Much About Baseball

So no, men are not the only ones who can teach their children about sports.

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For as long as I can remember, I have heard my mom talk about her love for baseball, specifically the Los Angeles Dodgers. Growing up, I always thought her love for the game was a little much, but in June 2016, I understood why she loved the game so much.

One of the most common stereotypes you come across is that men know sports, and women do not. But my mom and I can confidently say that is a misconception. Growing up, I was a little bit of the odd sibling, in that I did not want to perform. My dad has always been the entertainer. He loves to entertain people despite the fact that he is a doctor, but I guess that is entertaining people on some level. Both my sister and brother got their collegiate degrees within entertainment, but me, on the other hand, wanted to be away from the spotlight. So, I am happy my mom's love for the Dodgers rubbed off on me right before I headed off to college.

For the past three years, I have followed every pitch, every at-bat, and every catch done by the Dodgers. A little extra, right? Wrong. I saw a saying the other day that said, "Obsessed is what the lazy call the dedicated." So, I am just dedicated to the Dodgers. Since the Dodgers are on the west coast, and I am on the east coast, their games can go until 2:00 a.m. my time. And yes, it is not out of the ordinary for me and my mom to stay up that late, especially if it is a good game.

Being a woman who is planning to pursue a career in within sports medicine, it can be intimidating. I mean look at the MLB, do you see an equal amount of women to men that are a part of the medical staff? The answer is no. But that does not mean that women are not capable of being part of the staff.

Fun fact: The first female head athletic trainer in the MLB was Sue Falsone, and she was hired by the Dodgers. I got to sit down with the Dodgers' head athletic trainer over spring break to ask him some question about the career. Not only was he more than willing to show me around the training facility, but made sure to let me know that women are making their way into the industry and that it is not impossible. I even got a peek at one of the players and kept my cool, so now I know I am ready for this career.

The moral of the story is women can know just as much, if not more, about sports than men. And if you disagree, you are probably a man.

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