The word "strength" usually has a masculine connotation to it, but it doesn't have to be that way. With my father living in a different state, I was raised by my mother and grandmother. But this is not a sob story, it has made me the best person I can possibly be. I cannot thank them enough for how they have influenced and impacted my life, they have taught me the most valuable lessons I couldn't have learned in school.
They taught me confidence.
Growing up in today's society, it's hard to not constantly compare yourself to some of the unrealistic beauty expectations we see on the media. As a young girl, I remember always wanting to look like my favorite TV stars and sometimes feeling insecure. But, they always made sure to remind me they thought I was beautiful, and they taught me to love myself for who I am. If it wasn't for their constant reassurance and uplifting words I don't think I would be the confident woman I am today.
They taught me the power of a woman.
Because of them, I never viewed anything like a "man's job". They raised me to always know I can pursue any career path I desired, whether it was being a doctor or an engineer, my gender did not have to define what I would do. My mother went to college for computer engineering and always let me know how being one of the only women in her classes never deterred her from pursuing what she loved, and that is something that has always stuck with me.
They taught me compassion.
I would not be the person I am today if it was not for how they taught me to treat others. My mother and grandmother always made sure I knew the importance of having manners, generosity, and compassion for others. They taught me to treat others with kindness and be a friend to those that need one. I am immensely grateful to have been taught these lessons and it is something I hope to pass down when I have kids of my own someday.
They taught me the type of love I deserve.
I truly believe that being raised in such an uplifting environment was positive to me in a multitude of ways, one of the most important being knowing my worth in a relationship. They always give me the best advice when it comes to relationships. They made sure I always felt worthy and deserving of a man who will love me unconditionally, and that I should never settle for less.
I truly could write a novel on how loved they make me feel and how they have shaped me into a woman who I am proud to be. That being said, there is only one thing left to say.
Thank you, both. I love you.