When I was younger, I always told myself I'd never be like my mom. She always pushed me so hard. Always said "you can do better" and never really sugar coated or pampered me when I got hurt like all of my friends parents. Her exact words were always something like "that's what you get for being a dummy" or "I told you so... but you don't listen". I told myself that I would never be like her... but now, here I am. Exactly like her. And now I understand why she did all of it. See, I grew up without a father figure around. She wanted me to learn, be strong and fight for what I wanted, without feeling the need of "someone". She wanted to teach me that when you're alone, you have to sweat, cry and push as hard as you can and rely on your own strength. She wanted to teach me that every sacrifice has its reward. And to feel blessed for what we had... she taught me to pray, be humble and be patient. She taught me the Fear and Love of God... that no matter how tough the road gets, he's always with me. Yeah, she's tough on me. But it's because she loves me... and now I understand that. I always told myself I'd never be like her. But here I am, exactly like her. Strong, hard working, resilient, persistent, stubborn and fearless... Just like my momma. And I couldn't feel more honored to call myself her daughter.