My Grandmother loved me. I never had any doubts, but she would not hesitate to call me out. I could say anything to her. She made me demand more from myself because she demanded it from me. She believed in me completely and always reminded me that I could be anything I wanted. She taught me the value of hard work and that respect is earned.
The thing that has struck me most about my Grandmother’s passing is the realization of how much her belief in me shaped my life. I didn’t really realize how much it bolstered my self-confidence and helped me to dream big, until she was gone. Now, I know the importance of doing the same thing for my boys. I know the importance of making sure they know that I believe in them; I believe they can do great things in life; I believe they can set this world on fire. Hopefully, they will believe it too!
My Grandmother is gone. Those words are unbelievably hard for me to type. However, the life lessons she taught me are here, and will live forever in my heart. They are the principles that guide me daily. They are gifts that will live on because I am teaching those same ideas to my boys, and hopefully they will pass them onto their children. Losing her is hard, but it is because of everything she taught me that I’ll be okay in this life without her.