As I reflect on the year that has passed, I see so many moments that I knew were meant to be times that I was suppose to grow. But there was one moment that stood out from the rest. It was the situation where I thought I lost someone that kept me going though this crazy thing we call life. She was the one that I would run to every time something did not make sense and I needed answers. She was the beat that helped me keep my rhythm. Her existence served as an example everyday to the type of woman that I needed to be .
What happens when you think you have lost your guiding light? Your entire world begins to crumble and you cannot figure out how you are going to go on. You wake up everyday wondering how you are going to make it through the next hour?
Well for a moment I felt like this after my mother passed away on February 17th, 2008. And as I look back at this day, I cannot believe that it has been a year? A year of cries, smiles, but most importantly growth. What started off as a whole bunch of confusion and whys, ended up being the biggest growth I have had in years.
You see my mother was a lady that represented excellence in everything that she did. Growing up as the oldest of six, she was determined to succeed to help her family. Her dreams came true when she became Dr. Sophie Womack. But helping sick babies was not the end of her goal to help others. She set on the board of many organizations that helped our community in different ways. She started her own non-profit organization that raised money to for various causes. She became the first African American Woman President of Wayne County Medical Society. Everyday she touched and inspired someone new. Her life was dedicated to the improvement of others lives.
As a child looking at this image, I didn't think I had any other choice but to follow in her footsteps. For so many years I thought that I needed my mothers guidance to get me to where I wanted to be. It wasn't until she passed away that I realized that she had already given me the tools that I needed. And I realized that the last day that we saw each other was when she finally passed the torch. I looked up at the sky and knew that she was looking down on me ready to see me reach my goals. At that moment I knew that she would be with me forever.
My guiding light became brighter than it had ever been before. It shines down every time I wake up and walk one step closer to my destination. It shines every time I write a new post for this blog. My mother taught me that if you aren't helping others, you aren't helping yourself. So as I continue with this blog I hope to inspire and motivate people everyday in any way that I can. One can only hope that I live up to my mothers teachings and make her proud in some type of way.
If there is one person that we should "Keep Up" with it would be Dr. Sophie Womack, MY MOTHER.
RIP Mommy...may your dreams live on!