Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who taught me everything I needed to know by the age of 10.
We’ve been telling you to put on your damn swimsuit, but our upcoming One Brain Wellness Workout of the Weekend isn’t really about putting on your swimsuit at all.
It’s about being confident, courageous and loving yourself – everything my Mother taught me - by the age of 10.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, I became corrupted- blame it on the media, friends, boyfriends - I believed you had to look a certain way to be successful, popular, you name it.
As much as I can remember, my mother never commented on my body except to say I had beautiful eyes. Maybe that was a deflection from the fact that I was overweight for much of my adolescence and young adult life.
Regardless, my mother taught me the importance of accepting everyone. She also corrected me constantly on my grammar, in front of my friends, much to me chagrin. I still think of her every time I struggle with the usage of who or whom, I or me. That shows you the importance of those formative years.
But her greatest gift to me was emotional strength. When my sister died at the age of 16 (I was 9), she somehow held it all together and continued to raise her children as best she could. When my father developed Alzheimer’s disease, she took care of him as best she could.
To summarize, we don’t care about your outward appearance.
We want you to be HEALTHY - physically, emotionally and mentally. We don’t even care if you put on your damn swimsuits. We (and by that, we mean professional therapists) want to teach you what my mother taught me: Be strong, be courageous, be fierce and above all love yourself!
Originally posted by Sonya Heitshusen via facebook on May 14, 2017