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Celebrating the Heartbeat

In a world characterized by its frenetic pace, Mother's Day emerges as a poignant occasion, inviting us to pause, contemplate, and express sincere appreciation for the women whose guidance has shaped our very identities. It is a day to embrace those maternal figures whose nurturing presence has enriched our lives in countless ways. A day to honor not only biological mothers but also the maternal figures who have nurtured, mentored, and supported us along life's journey.

My upbringing was graced by the presence of resilient, compassionate women who epitomized the essence of strength and motherhood. Each of these remarkable individuals left an indelible imprint on my life, imparting invaluable lessons on resilience, empathy, and the significance of treasuring every moment.

Raising kids, being a wife and chasing a fulfilling career is not easy but my mother made it look like a walk in a park.  She taught me how to be persistent in what I want to achieve and never give up hope in anything that I do. She was the greatest example of perseverance. A woman who never complained about her hardships and always smiled as if she didn’t have any burdens to carry.

As a young lady I never recognized the weariness my mother had, I complained about the cup of tea she asked for or stomped my feet when she refused to give me something I now felt I demanded instead of accepting her NO. 

As I transitioned into motherhood myself, I gained a newfound appreciation for the sacrifices and unwavering love that define the maternal journey. As I navigate adulthood, I've come to realize that motherhood transcends biological ties—it's a universal force that binds us all together in a shared tapestry of humanity. Whether it's a biological mother, a chosen maternal figure, or a mentor who embodies the nurturing spirit of motherhood, we all have someone to celebrate and honor on this special day.

The birth of my daughter brought forth a torrent of emotions, underscoring the depth of love and responsibility that comes with nurturing another life. In moments of uncertainty and exhaustion, my mother stood by my side, offering support and wisdom gleaned from her own experiences.

Reflecting on my mother's legacy, I am filled with gratitude for the invaluable lessons she imparted and the strength she instilled within me. Her example serves as a beacon of inspiration, empowering me to navigate life's challenges with resilience and compassion.

Ultimately, Mother's Day is a celebration of love in its purest form—a love that transcends boundaries, defies expectations, and serves as the bedrock of our existence. So, as we approach this special day, let us take a moment to honor the remarkable women who have imbued our lives with light, laughter, and boundless love. Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and maternal figures who make the world a brighter place with their unwavering love and devotion.

Author: Munira Schaanick, Doctoral Mom Incorporated, Intern

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