Many of us spend our youth striving for independence, eager to prove ourselves and assert our autonomy. Many of us can relate to the impatience we displayed as teenagers, eagerly wishing to fast-track our journey into adulthood. However, as we mature, we come to recognize the profound wisdom and genuine care that our parents have always provided. With time, we come to realize that they are the steadfast pillars of support in our lives, offering unwavering guidance, love, and understanding. In hindsight, we come to appreciate their “nagging” or “interference” was propelled by a desire to see us thrive and succeed. Ultimately, we learn to cherish and value their presence, realizing that they are indeed the ones who truly have our backs through thick and thin.
Parents hold a pivotal role in shaping our values, beliefs, and perspectives. Expressing gratitude for their sacrifices and love is vital for fostering strong family bonds and nurturing personal growth. We owe our appreciation to them for their unwavering love, support, and guidance, which ultimately serves as the bedrock of our emotional well-being. Their selfless sacrifices, from enduring sleepless nights to making significant financial investments, underscore their deep commitment to our happiness. Through expressing gratitude for their profound impact, we honor their invaluable role in our lives and cultivate a deeper sense of connection and appreciation within our families.
The following video by Marc Mero is profoundly inspiring and motivational, urging viewers to cultivate gratitude, particularly towards their mothers.
If you haven’t done so lately, please set aside time to express gratitude to your parent or parents for their profound impact on shaping you into the person you are today. Recognize their countless sacrifices, appreciate the invaluable lessons, and honor the values they’ve instilled in you.
Resolve to thank them by aiming for the best version of yourself and providing them with every reason to take pride in you. There is no greater fulfillment than your parents recognizing their dedication and sacrifices were not in vain.
May Oyairo is the Founder and Publisher of MannaXPRESS.