9 Pieces Of Advice From Mom That You Ignored When You Were Younger — But Totally Understand Now
Mother's Day is here, and it's the perfect time to, first of all, thank your mom for everything. But also, it's a day to think about all the things you've learned from your mom. Since your entrance into this world, your mom has been there for you. And chances are, she was imparting some bite-sized pieces of wisdom along the way.
If you don't remember everything mom ever told you, don't worry. We were all young once, and listening to our parents wasn't high up on the list of things that mattered a whole lot. There was more "OK, OK, OK, bye!" happening, and the wisdom was being imparted before our little ears were ready to really appreciate it. I mean, my mom told me when I was younger that I would like coffee when I was older, and that I would appreciate lipstick someday. I can imagine myself rolling my eyes and saying coffee is gross, and lipstick makes my lips "too sticky." Since I can't go a day without iced coffee, and rarely leave the house without lipstick, I'd say she was right. From these tiny moments to much bigger lessons, it took me a long time to see the light.
The good news? As we grew up, a lot of that advice started to make a lot more sense in a big way. The things your mom warned you about and encouraged you to do suddenly seem like no-brainers, and you realize you've known them all along, all thanks to that beautiful lady you call mom. Because, let's face it, there are some things you can only learn from your mom — like these nine pieces of advice that make way more sense to you now as an adult than they ever did when you were younger.
1. "He's not worth your time."
This is definitely one nobody ever wanted to hear, but looking back, your mom always knew what was up. Chances are, he really wasn't worth it, and looking back, it's for the best it never worked out. It's like mothers have a sixth sense about that stuff, but we never want to listen.
2. "Be more open minded."
This was much easier said than done, OK, mom? But here we are, all these years later, encouraging younger siblings and friends to be positive and keep an open mind, and realizing all at once that we've become our mothers — and that it's a good thing.
3. "You'll LOVE your siblings when you get older."
Some people are close with their sisters and brothers all their lives. Others, not so much. I, for one, spent much of my childhood arguing with mine. But mom knew all along that we would grow up and become best friends, and how right she was!
4. "It's an acquired taste!"
Frequently said about pretty much anything you didn't like to eat as a kid. For me, it was broccoli and coffee, and I love them both now. I can't fathom how I lived before coffee, to tell you the truth, and I get that caffeine addiction from —you guessed it — my mom.
5. "You get out what you put into it."
Moms love to say this, and it never made sense as a kid. But now that we're older, it's a lot easier to see that if we go into something with a bad attitude, nothing good will come of it. Life really is better if we put positivity into it. Gotta give mom credit for not saying "I told you so," like, a thousand times as we grew up.
6. "Who cares what everyone else is doing?"
I'm not saying your mom was the original Taylor Swift, but she was spot on with this one.
7. "Finish what you started."
From finishing your homework, to sticking with that team or club you joined, your mom was not about to let you give up before you saw it through to the end. At the end of the day, we were all the better for it, but we would never admit it at the time. Plus, it gave us a much better work ethic as adults.
8. "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
A cliche if there ever was one, sure, but the "treat others the way you want to be treated" mentality was taught to us from a young age for a reason, and we're thankful for it now.
9. "Be true to yourself first."
Loyalty, positive thinking, and staying true to ourselves were all encouraged by moms everywhere for the majority of our childhood. It was, however, more than likely taken at face value and overlooked until much later, when we realized we had to fight to be heard and stick up for ourselves once adulthood hit. Thanks, mom.
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