The wisdom imparted by our parents never really leaves us, and mum's advice will always hold a special place in our heart. Seven celebrities reveal the biggest lesson their mother ever taught them.
1. A mother's love is unconditional
“She lights my life and is at the true centre of my heart. Her love so profound I feel it continuously. A love that never drifts, and shimmers in my heart as bright as a diamond. Her compassion is limitless.”
– Kate Hudson
Of all the people in life, your mother will love you first and she will love you the longest.
While romantic partners may come and go, your mum will always see the best in you, even when you’re at your worst.
Your mum loved you before he/she came along, and she will still love you long after they've gone.
2. You can’t do anymore in life than try your best
“The one thing that she always stressed to me wasn't, 'You've got to win today, son.' Or, 'Go out there and win.' Instead it was; 'Just give it your best and don't quit. Don't ever quit.' And that carries through, even today. That's my attitude either in a bike race or an illness… Just don't quit. And I got all that from her."
– Lance Armstrong
As long as you’re trying your hardest, there’s nothing more anyone can ask of you. It was true when you took your first spelling test, and it’s still true when you have a big meeting at work or you're struggling with your own parenting skills.
The very best version of yourself is all you can offer people, and it is always enough. Don’t pressure yourself or other people with unrealistic expectations.
3. Life will throw obstacles in your way, but you will overcome them
“[She taught me] to listen to people and treat them well. That’s something she does with every person she meets. My mum’s had cancer three times, and she’s always remained charmingly free of cynicism, very open to life, and wonderfully gentle while at the same time strong. Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud.”
– Russell Brand
We learn so much by watching our parents, and by the time we reach adulthood we’ve seen our mothers overcome a great deal.
Whether divorce, illness, loss, or losing a job; watching our parents go through tough times and emerge the other side teaches us a lot.
Life will throw difficulty your way, but keep on going, keep trying your best, and you will be just fine.
4. Always be true to yourself
“Being who you truly want to be—who you truly are—is one of the most important things my mother taught me. I wanted to be a skateboarder when I was 13. I didn’t know how to skateboard, but my mom let me wear a wallet chain and hold a skateboard under my arm and walk around like an idiot because that’s what I wanted to do.”
– Kelly Osbourne
Your mother will always love the person you are, but it’s important to make sure you do to. Being true to the person you want to be, and the things you want to do, is key to happiness in adulthood.
Our mums teach us from an early age that we can be anything or anyone we want, it's crucial we learn to think that way too.
5. Be kind to yourself and others
"My mother taught me to be nice to everybody… And she said something before I left home. She said, 'I want you to always remember that the person you are in this world is a reflection of the job I did as a mother.'"
– Jason Segel
Whether she told you to stop squabbling with your siblings, or to share with your school friends, your mum has always been there to tell you when to treat people well.
Translate her kindness and patience into your own life, and you won’t go far wrong.
6. There’s no place like home
“Community is the one thing people crave most, and it’s hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group… I want [my children] to grow up with the Southern values I had—to look at people when they say hello and to stop and smell the roses. If I could do half as good a job as my mom did, I’d be pretty happy.”
– Jennifer Garner
Creating a strong sense of home for yourself is so important to feeling settled and safe in your adult life.
Making sure you return to the place you came from is equally important, and will always keep you grounded, no matter how your life might have changed since you left.
7. You’re never too old to need your mum
"Last night I was so tired, and having to do a concert was daunting you know? But Mom just said, 'Close your eyes,' and she held my hand the entire way over."
– Jennifer Lopez
No matter how old, successful, and independent you are, there will always be times when you need your mum.