Boldness never goes away. I’m remembering how bold my mother is in this post sponsored by LISTERINE® and Socialstars. #LISTERINE #BringOutTheBold
My mom is the very first woman I ever looked up to. Beautiful and smart, when I think back to my early childhood, I have so many memories of her teaching me life skills that have stayed with me throughout my entire life.
She taught me how to read before I went to kindergarten, wouldn’t let me give up when I couldn’t figure out a homework problem, and warned me of the dangers of quitting. As I got older, our relationship had real challenges, but the seeds that she planted when I was younger have definitely bloomed and been a major part of making me who I am today.
The most important lesson I learned from my mom, though, was how to be bold. On many occasions, I watched her be courageous, taking risks, and overcoming obstacles to achieve great things.
One example of how bold she was? Well, there was the time she moved herself and her family from a 3 room apartment into their own house. She worked for years to save for a downpayment, and worked her magic to make it happen. It might have seemed impossible to some folks, but it wasn’t for my mom. She did everything she could to make her dream a reality.
An even more impressive feat, and my mother’s boldest accomplishment of all was becoming sober after years of addiction. She stayed sober for nearly 20 years, and some of the things that she was able to do during those years, some people don’t achieve in their entire lifetimes.
Oh, she was bold.
The last few years have been challenging for my mother. Lately, there have been more downs than ups. She’s lost some of the tenacity and drive that made her an inspiration to so many people.
All is not lost, though.
The bold is still in her.
Those things that she accomplished, they’re a part of her history. They’ve already been done. No matter what happens for the rest of her life, the brave actions that she’s taken, the strength and determination that she demonstrated, none of that goes away.
I reflect often on the bold woman that she was, but I know that I need to do more of acknowledging the bold woman that she still is. We all face challenges at some point in our lives, but remembering the times that we were bold and brave, can help us push through the rough times. LISTERINE® gets it. They understand that having fresh breath is the tip of being bold and confident, and they’re encouraging us all to remember to be bold in every part of our lives with the Bring Out the Bold™ campaign.
To my mother: The woman that you were is the woman that you are. I believe in you, and in your strength and abilities. Bring back the brave, Mom. Bring back the bold. It’s still there. I love you, and I see the bold in you.