I meant to write something post election and I am still trying to figure that out.
I am skipping that this morning in favor of writing about my mother.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of Barbara's passing.
I have been without a mother for quite some time now.
I have been thinking about her quite often lately.
I remember her at the same age I am today.
I know that she wanted more and it just never happened for her.
I like to think that I got a lot of really great things from my mom.
My mother, Barbara, was a good person, a wonderfully kind person.
Barbara was accepting of anyone and everyone.
Barbara would give you the shirt off her back.
In that way, I wish that there were more people out there like my mother.
We all have inherited many of the same traits that our parents possessed.
Some of them no so desirable.
Barbara lacked the confidence in her self so much, that all she could do was watch TV and read books that she never finished.
There were so many things that she couldn't do or just never did.
My mother was afraid to try.
Our lives are drastically different but at the same time, the similarities are there and very striking.
I realized that recently and it scared me.
Those traits, those behaviors, have sneaky ways.
Before you know it, you will realize that the same things that held your parents back from actually having a happy life are the very same things that have been holding you back as well.
My life and the way my mother's life ended up are very different but at the same time, the similarities are there and very striking.
I'm working on that.
I've been working on that.
Consider it my life's project.
So I ask you, today, the day of Barbara's passing, to think of her if you could.
Be extra kind today
Be extra tolerant and accepting of the people around you.
And maybe, take a look at your own, sneaky patterns of behavior in your life that are holding you back or hurting you or someone close to you.
Think about fixing them.
I think Barbara would like that.