By Angélica Fuentes
As mothers, I am sure you all have had sleepless nights; you probably have watched and sung the same movies and songs over a thousand times, and have eaten with one hand or in under two minutes.
We all know that there is not one mother who knows beforehand how to be one. There is an instinct that guides us accordingly to our beliefs, our values, and the great love we develop the moment we conceive our daughters and sons. We can’t remain as spectators, we must understand that we have a leading role and that we have a huge responsibility in building a better society. Our enormous influence affects in a unique way life and development of future adults who will lead the next generation. Nevertheless, we should not forget that we are individuals with our own dreams, hopes, goals, passions, and missions too.
We have the capacity to fulfill many roles. Nevertheless, the role of a mother is one of the most important in a woman's life. It must be clear to us that we are not the ones to set our children’s ambitions; we are here to walk along and guide them. Our goal as mothers is to educate our children to be independent. This is a titanic and beautiful task!
The bonding with our children is the foundation of their personality and social development. Our example will truly influence and impact our children for the rest of their lives. It is up to us to once and for all choose to embrace a journey of love over a journey of fear.
Being a mother should not be a fight against our own selves. We should stop fighting and begin accepting, begin embracing who we are, what we can achieve, and what we truly deserve. Today, I can embrace and enjoy motherhood in ways I couldn’t have imagined before. I can say that I can live my motherhood in a more fully, freely and open way.
I have tried to be as close to my daughters as possible, mainly to their hearts and their most intimate wishes. Every day I remind them the importance of loving and not judging, of a caress and a kiss; the importance of our values and the true meaning of faith. I work every day so they understand through my example the meaning of love, resilience, empathy, respect, and strength. I want to show them the infinite source of power we, as women, have.
Moms: feel proud, not guilty! This is my message to you on Mother´s Day. Remember it is not perfection but dedication what makes children feel loved and protected. Enjoy all the opportunities that life gives you to become a fulfilled human being while you accompany your children in this beautiful learning journey called life.
This adventure of motherhood has been one of the most valuable journeys I have ever set out on. These little girls forced me to question every single thing and turned my life around. Every day they teach me the real meaning of unconditional love. Their birth has added value to my commitment to women.
Today I can proudly say: being a mother has been the greatest privilege and responsibility I have ever had. I am thankful for the presence of my daughters in my life and for the sacred mission of being a mom.