What Inspires You?
By Justin Holmes | January 21, 2014 | 4 Comments
Posing with my mom at National Harbor during my senior prom
As a Southern gentleman, I was raised to love my mom like nobody else because that was the training for how I was going to love my wife. My mom was my sole inspiration to be great when I was in high school. There were so many times when I would come home and celebrate the day’s achievement with her because she was my biggest fan.
When guys become freshmen in college, they are told that they are men and are beginning the stages to becoming adults. But who says adults can’t love their mothers? It was hard my first semester adjusting to the fact that my inspiration was not around me anymore. Who would I celebrate with? Who would give me hugs when my day did not go well? Who was going to make my favorite meal just because?
I must say that when I first got here, I did not expect to miss my mom this much, but it all hit me during the medallion ceremony. We were saying our good-byes, and I gave my mom the last hug before her departure, But, for some odd reason she did not cry. I watched my family walk away, and she did not even look back. Was this because she was angry or was it some weird type of coping mechanism? It turned out to be neither. I got back to my room and sitting on my desk was a letter from my mom. I opened it, and the exact words need not be shared, but I got to the bottom and it said, “I know you know that I cried when I wrote this.” Right next to those words was a water spot from her tear. I saw that and a tear rolled down my cheek and fell right next to hers. Although it was a different type of “see you later,” I knew everything was going to be ok.
I share all of this to say: Don’t forget what your parents have taught you. They have instilled a sense of independence, integrity, and responsibility in you that you could not forget even if you tried. The people who raised you will always be with you even if they are not right next to you at that moment. You carry a piece of them with you everywhere you go and with everything you do. Do not forget what inspires you and remind yourself of your goals every day. Everything will be ok. Do not worry!