Happy Mother's Day!
My mom and I are extremely close and she's one of my biggest inspirations. She's beautiful, intelligent, incredibly kind, hardworking, and makes friends everywhere she goes. It was her line of work as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst that sparked my interest in mental health and medicine. She's the reason that I am a feminist. Her independence as a single mother taught me that women are capable of taking care of themselves and their children. Though having a partner is an amazing source of support, ultimately you need to be able to support yourself. That is also what she has been for my brother and I throughout our lives, a constant source of support and encouragement. On this day and every other I feel fortunate enough to call such an incredible woman my mother.
I also know that this day can be incredibly difficult and full of pain for many people. Mothers who have lost their children, children whose mothers have died, and also people who this day is just a reminder of a damaging and unhealthy relationship that goes against the image society has created. For those people I send my love and support and I hope there is someone in your life that fills that role, who gives you love, support and encouragement. Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers and mother-like figures out there!