December 14: Appreciate.
What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)
What I’ve appreciated the most this year isn’t so much a thing as it is a person: my mom.
Our relationship is not always perfect. We don’t always see eye to eye and if she could have things her way, I never would have left the state of Texas (or even the county that I grew up in) and I definitely would not have any tattoos. But, as my mom, she tries to understand our differences and loves me as I am. This lady is my rock, my source of inspiration and is the only person I know who can make me laugh so hard I can’t breathe. I can’t imagine making important decisions or giant leaps of faith without her support.
She’s also the source behind what will be my next tattoo. When I call her to talk about bad days, she almost always reminds me of the following: la vida es para los valientes, which means life is for the brave. It’s a phrase to live by and something I remind myself of every day.