My mother will always be the wisest woman I know. When I am under stress she transforms into the calmest person, and it is contagious. She is my port in the storm. In fact, I just called her last night at 3 AM to freak out about the three black widows we found in our garage. As always, she was able to put me at ease (well, the most ease manageable with poisonous creatures just a door away from my babies).
By professional trade my mom is a radiation oncologist, or as I always told people, “she treats cancer patients”. My whole life I have heard horror stories from her experiences at work, I’m sure only the tip of the iceberg. It did have an impact on me and my lifestyle choices, though maybe not at first. Typical kid, I did things she was appalled by, trying cigarettes, working at a tanning salon, things that led to ugly cancers she was fighting. *doh*
Later on I took the lessons others learned the hard way to heart, the lessons passed onto me through my mother. I now take many precautions to keep myself healthy and avoiding cancer the best I can, well, the avoidable kinds at least. I wouldn’t touch a cigarette with a 20 ft pole (gross), I wear sunscreen, I eat a ton of fresh produce, I workout every day and I drink a LOT of water.
When I heard of this campaign about the wisdom of mothers tied to hydrating, I chuckled. My mother drinks at least 3 quarts of water a day. No lie. Do you realize that’s almost a gallon some days? I remember growing up, everything could be helped with water. Every ailment I had my mom was recommending fluids. Now I hear myself telling my husband and daughter to drink more water when they complain of anything, no matter how unrelated! My husband thinks it’s hilarious, but he drinks the water anyway.
My mom understood the importance of hydration. The fact is, keeping hydrated does make one feel better and it can rid little ailments like headaches, brain fog and anxiety. After all, 60% of the adult body is water and it is always needing to be replenished. Water keeps you healthy on the outside as well, which is why my mother has the skin of a 25 year old.
We live in the desert (my husband, kids and I) where the summers are blistering hot. They are uninhabitable by every means of the word. Everywhere we go, every errand, every little walk, we all are carrying water. It’s a no-brainer here, but it should be for everyone everywhere. I end up more hydrated living in this climate because drinking water constantly is a habit.
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At the end of the day, my mother has given me a look at her wisdom, something to pray for and aspire to obtain. I want my own daughter to think I am wise. I want to calm her when she is frantic. I want to instill the value of a healthy lifestyle. I want to make her confident and brave. I want her to know she is so loved. I want her to have everything my mother has given me, and if at all possible, more.
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