“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” — Maya Angelou

My mother is feisty, but she’s also the most loving person I’ve met in my life. When she gets angry, she is unstoppable with the hurl of words. Yet, she has the softest heart out of anyone I know.

Mothers resonate strength and dignity. In my case, my source of strength doesn’t just end with my mom. Women in my life— my grandmothers, my aunts, my sisters, my professors…the list goes on. They’ve all had an incredible impact on the way I carry myself today.

With an inexorable personality and a willpower that stretches to infinity and beyond, she is the powerhouse of this universe. This Mother’s Day (and less loudly on other days), I congratulate her for their shining through those dull, cloudy days. I appreciate her for standing by me during those stormy nights. I thank her for being her.