What's The Best Advice Your Mom Ever Gave You? We Asked 44 New Yorkers, And Here's What They Said
I actually think about the best advice my mom gave me all the time. I was 18, and about to go off to college. My 40-year-old schoolgirl crush — my "mentor" at an after-school program — had just asked me over to his place, where he told me he planned to cook me dinner ... and seduce me.
Amazingly, I went to my mom for advice about whether or not I should do it. To her credit, my mom didn't freak out. She simply asked me how I felt about the prospect of putting myself in that situation.
"Well, I know it might be a little beyond what I'm ready for, but I just feel like, what if I always regret being too afraid to have the experience, you know?"
My mom nodded, and took a deep breath. Then she gave me the advice I'll always remember: "It took me a long time to realize this, but sometimes the experience IS saying no."
It was just the loophole I'd needed to give myself the permission to admit I wasn't ready. I think of her advice to this day every time I find myself wondering, "Do I really want to do this right now?"
So in honor of Mother's Day, I decided to take to the streets of New York City and ask people hanging out in Union Square Park the simple question: What's the best advice your mom has ever given you?
The most popular answer? Trust your gut.
"Not how I met my husband, but good advice."
"I wish I'd listened. I'll tell my kids."
"You always can."
"I'm doing it every day."
Mark, 26 & Hannah (His Wife)
Adam, 25 & His Mom
"What she always asks me when I ask for advice."
"What my Trinidadian grandmama told me."
Mark, 31 & Son
Karen, 41 & Her Mom, Joan 71
"I'm totally not wearing any right now."
Jenoi, 30 & Aliana, 5
"Wait, is Mother's Day tomorrow?"
Happy Mother's Day!
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