We rounded up some of the best tips we learned from our moms over the years

Our teenage years usually consist of some form of rebellion: staying out past your curfew, eating way too much junk food and putting off your homework until the morning of its due date. Despite our parents’ advice, we still do whatever we want because we think that we have our lives figured out. Only later do we realize that years of actual life experience can only give you wisdom. And, well, our mothers have a lot of that.

To show our appreciation to our mommas, we rounded up some of the best advice we got and how they changed our lives for the better. Happy Mother’s Day, and thanks for never giving up on us!

“Prepare your hardest and give your best. That’s all you can do. It was much easier to apply it in a school setting. Showbiz makes it difficult!”

Jasmine CurtisSmith, actress

“One of the best things my mom has taught me was to see the value in commuting. Before I was allowed to drive, my mom told me I must first learn how to take the LRT, and get to places without the convenience of being able to drive on my own. Even if commuting can be a drag at times, I do consider it to be an important life skill (especially when traffic gets crazy) and I owe it to my mom for letting me realize that.”

Roberto Orosa, writer

“My mom’s a tough one, and one thing that she has reminded me over time is that the world will not adjust for me. Basically, I have to come up with my own ways to strategize and adapt in order to succeed. This has always been an attitude that I lived by, and it takes away the sense of entitlement that I tend to have and urges me to be more resourceful.”

Ella Rivera, writer

“My mom always says to let work speak for itself. She’s had to prove herself to disbelieving foreign colleagues when she was working overseas. We’re both not the most outspoken people, but she’s taught me to just keep at the grind despite what anyone thinks. It’s a reminder I carry with me in any job — so that I don’t necessarily have to be the loudest person in the room, but the most reliable one.” 

Annicka Koteh, writer

“The best thing my mom has ever taught me was that no two people are the same and that I should never expect others to think or to act the same way I would. Not only does this mean not setting myself up for disappointment, but it also means being open to new ideas and to new approaches to every possible situation. Every day that I let her wisdom guide me is a day I spend being more understanding of others and less frustrated with them. It has helped me become a lot more self-reliant, too.”

Nielli Martinez, advertising and promotions associate

“Don’t let a bad day dictate how you treat other people.’ Growing up, I learned to be more patient because of this little piece of advice that I try hard to follow. I don’t always succeed — irritability can still get the best of me — but I’ve learned that doing this helps make the days themselves get better. A small compliment, a sincere smile, a hearty laugh — a little kindness can go a long way.” 

Mags Ocampo, illustrator/graphic designer

“My mom used to scold me all the time because I wanted to join a dozen clubs in high school — debate, video, student council, school paper — and I always got frustrated because I was so mediocre at all of them. She sat me down and told me to stop chasing the ends of the things I wanna learn and excel in. Pick one at a time, learn in projects and modules, and figure out what I like about them. Over the years, I’ve come to learn that, in debate, I loved public speaking. But I’m more on the funnier side, so I picked up hosting. The comedy seeker in me also figured out that I want to do film and digital content, but more as a writer than a cinematographer. My mom teaching me to pull back and realign taught me, most importantly, that I was a features writer, and not a news correspondent, which is how I found myself writing for Young STAR more than I shoot.”

Enzo Tan, writer

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