Sunday, 15 March 2015
...Today, more than any other day, we celebrate all that our mums have done for us. And you, as any good parent, have done a huge amount for me. I've had a good education, holidays, endless support and companionship. But there's one thing you didn't provide – the enthusiasm or encouragement to discover sport.
It's something I eventually found on my own and thank goodness! Sport has, at the risk of sounding over the top, changed my life. Besides ensuring I stay healthy, it's made a confident, sociable, ambitious woman out of this once hesitant wall flower. I'm no doubt happier than ever before, have more friends and have a general smug glow of wellbeing, both physical and mental.
I'm not angry that you didn't introduce me to sport or that you prevented me from trying new activities. If I'd have got involved earlier, who knows what I would've been capable of? But let's not dwell on the past, what I've got from participating has absolutely been worth the wait.
What gets me, is that you never really saw the value of taking part in physical activity, for you, sport was something you had to endure at school – miserable netball, cold cross-country. This means that you've never experienced the insane highs of physical achievement. You're not aware of the profound effect of regular exercise on your mental health. Like mother, like daughter. If you'd have discovered sport, no doubt, you would've become more confident and more accepting of yourself, too.
That's not to say it's too late. I've spent the last couple of years proving there's an activity out there for everyone, there will definitely be one for you. Whilst I don't think you'll enjoy baring all in a swimming pool or feeling the burn in your chest on a run or learning to ride a bike for the first time...
Instead, let's hike up one of those beautiful Devon hills you live in between. It might feel tough, I know you don't like inclines, but trust me, what you'll gain from the experience will be the best gift you'll ever receive!
Happy Mothers' Day
Posted by Jen Slater