For Instagram's 'Mama Told Me' weekend hashtag project, the community was encouraged to submit photos representing the best piece of motherly advice they were given. In honour of Mother's Day, my photograph was featured on Instagram's blog and Instagram in their roundup of their favourite photos from that weekend

My mother has always been an incredibly harsh and tough women; indeed my relationship with her was often fraught with incredible amounts of tension and difficulty.  But I've come to understand over the years that my mother has lived an incredibly selfless life; for the entirety of my childhood my mother was remaining in a circumstance that never particularly fulfilled her for the sake of her children.  She's taught me a lot about courage through her example, and that's a perception of her I never could have predicted I'd have. When I came out to my family in February, part of my mother's last sentence to me was, "I'm glad you are now in a happy place". I've always hoped, and continue to hope, that one day she can see a little bit more of herself in me. I hope she can see that the courage I needed to come out, was a courage I had only learned by looking at her.


My mother has always been an incredibly harsh and tough women; indeed my relationship with her was often fraught with incredible amounts of tension and difficulty. 

But I've come to understand over the years that my mother has lived an incredibly selfless life; for the entirety of my childhood my mother was remaining in a circumstance that never particularly fulfilled her for the sake of her children. 

She's taught me a lot about courage through her example, and that's a perception of her I never could have predicted I'd have.

When I came out to my family in February, part of my mother's last sentence to me was, "I'm glad you are now in a happy place". I've always hoped, and continue to hope, that one day she can see a little bit more of herself in me. I hope she can see that the courage I needed to come out, was a courage I had only learned by looking at her.