9:32am Mother’s Day morning 7 years ago, ring...ring...ring, Hello?
London, it’s aunt Carolyn, your mother passed away. I’m 25 years old, with two younger sisters - Gabriella, 18 and Kennedy, 10. The world stopped. At first, you don’t have emotion, it’s just a dead stare, a confusion - a “this can’t be real feeling.” My life changed forever that day. My mother was 47 years young, and died of heart failure due to her constant battle with alcoholism. There was a couple thousand dollars in the bank, no life insurance and no one there to save the day. I was on my own. I’m sharing this not for you to feel bad for me, but to let anyone struggling, or wanting to give up, that you don’t have to! You don’t have to allow your circumstances to define you. You can overcome any obstacle, struggle, misfortune and heartbreak this world throws at you. I made a choice to overcome these surmountable odds by making a promise to my two sisters that I would never let them down and I found my WHY. Life is about something much bigger than ourselves. Through the support of my sisters, friends, family, and making that promise, I am still standing today. Still pursuing my dreams and so are my sisters. @willsmith
said, “It might not be our fault what has happened to us, but it’s for damn sure our responsibility to do something about it.” The pain doesn’t go away but you can get stronger if you choose to. My mother was a great woman, who loved her children, family and friends dearly. Alcoholism is real. Depression is real. I still fight my own personal battle and wonder if I could have done more. But I’m sharing this to bring hope to the ones that need it & the ones that can help someone in need. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Talk about what’s going on with yourself and help someone in need. This video represents me asking my mother for guidance, strength and to let her know I love her forever. It’s about love, forgiveness and to never give up, no matter how difficult things get. My mother always wrote me, “May All Your Dreams Come True, Love, Mom.”
Well Mom, those dreams are coming true, may you continue to guide my sisters and I. I am proud to be your son. #love