In honour of Mother’s Day 2023, we asked our amazing global team of writers to tell us, in their own words, what it means to them to be More Than a Mother. Here’s what it means to Bella.
Dear Past Me,
In this ink and paper,
I pour my soul,
A testament to you,
Before life’s greatest role.
The past, a whirlwind of hurt,
Lies heavy on your chest,
But know, my dear, that you’ll transcend,
Rise above, and manifest.
As you stand on the edge,
Of motherhood’s embrace,
Fear not the unknown,
For love will guide your pace.
Scars and battles, you’ve endured,
But you’re more than your past,
A mother, a warrior, a survivor,
Your strength will forever last.
Boundaries you’ll set,
A fortress of protection,
For the little one you’ll hold,
A love without exception.
Embrace the pain and the triumph,
Each moment, bitter and sweet,
For in the balance of life,
You’ll find your soul complete.
You’ll teach your child resilience,
To stand tall and unafraid,
In their eyes, a reflection,
Of the love and strength you’ve made.
More than just a mother,
A force, unstoppable and wild,
Carrying the torch of hope,
For the future of your child.
In the quiet of the night,
When doubt tries to ensnare,
Remember, my dear, you’ve conquered,
And you’re stronger than despair.
As your child takes its first breath,
A new chapter will unfold,
A journey of growth and wisdom,
Where you’ll be fearless and bold.
You’ll forge a path in the darkness,
An advocate for the weak,
With courage and determination,
You’ll empower those who seek.
Nurturing the bonds of friendship,
Finding solace in your tribe,
A constellation of support,
As you navigate each stride.
You’ll wear many hats, dear one,
But your essence will remain,
An amalgam of love and strength,
A symphony of joy and pain.
A friend, a mentor, a role model,
A guiding light for your kin,
You’ll balance work and motherhood,
With grace and discipline.
Your career may shift and change,
Like the ebb and flow of the tide,
But embrace the transformation,
For it’s on this journey you’ll ride.
Through sleepless nights and endless days,
You’ll discover the depths of love,
A connection forged in eternity,
A gift from the heavens above.
Don’t forget to tend to yourself,
To nourish your body and soul,
For self-care is not selfish,
It makes you complete and whole.
As a mentor to others,
Your wisdom will take flight,
Sharing your experiences,
In the darkness, you’ll bring light.
And when your child falters,
As we all do in life’s race,
Offer them your love and guidance,
A sanctuary, a safe space.
As you forge ahead, dear one,
Embrace each challenge with grace,
For you are a force of nature,
A warrior born to embrace.
The world may try to define you,
To limit your strength and power,
But in the depths of your soul,
You’ll stand tall like a tower.
For you are more than a mother,
A warrior, fierce and true,
And in this letter of love,
I send my strength to you.
In the moments of uncertainty,
When the road ahead seems unclear,
Remember the love that surrounds you,
The bonds that you hold so dear.
For it’s in the love of a mother,
The purest love of all,
That you’ll find your purpose and strength,
To stand tall and never fall.
Your journey may not be easy,
But your resilience will guide you through,
For you are a beacon of hope,
A testament to the strength in you.
So, dear past me, take courage,
Embrace the unknown with pride,
For the love of a mother is boundless,
A force that will never subside.
In this ever-changing world,
A landscape of lessons and strife,
You’ll carve a path for generations,
Leading your child through life.
Though the scars of your childhood,
May try to haunt your heart,
You’ll break the cycle of pain,
A new beginning, a fresh start.
Through laughter and tears,
Triumphs and trials,
You’ll stand beside your child,
As they traverse life’s miles.
And as you gaze upon them,
Growing with each passing day,
You’ll know the power of love,
Has chased the darkness away.
For you are more than a mother,
A guardian, fierce and wise,
A testament to resilience,
In the face of life’s goodbyes.
As you hold your child close,
Whispering lullabies so sweet,
You’ll find solace and healing,
In this love so pure and complete.
So, dear past me, be brave,
In the face of the unknown,
For the love of a mother,
Is a strength you’ve never known.
Trust yourself and the journey,
For you are a guiding light,
A beacon of hope and courage,
For the generations taking flight.
And as you embark on this adventure,
With your heart and spirit ablaze,
Know that you are more than a mother,
A force of love that never fades.
With love and strength,
Your Future Self
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