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25 Inspirational and Life-Changing Advice from Moms Across The World

Insights from 25 individuals on the most impactful life advice that their mothers gave them.
PUBLISHED JUL 14, 2023
Cover Image Source: Jenny Evans/Getty Images (representative), Reddit/midnight_trains
Cover Image Source: Jenny Evans/Getty Images (representative), Reddit/midnight_trains

Upon reaching adulthood, a lot of us have encountered that enlightening moment where we finally understood the profound meaning behind something our mothers used to repeatedly emphasize during our upbringing. While we may have dismissed their words in our youth, we come to recognize their genuine wisdom as we go through life's trials and tribulations.

Reddit user u/giggglygirl gave many individuals an opportunity to showcase the invaluable advice their mothers gave them a few years ago by posing this question to the r/AskReddit community: "What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?" 

Below, you will find a compilation of 25 notable replies to the question: 

1. We move past the bad days

Image Source: Reddit/Calicocalling
Image Source: Reddit/Calicocalling

2. Travel as much as you can

Image Source: Reddit/FeatofClay
Image Source: Reddit/FeatofClay

3. Listen

Image Source: Reddit/PapaFern
Image Source: Reddit/PapaFern

4. Your gut instinct rarely fails you

"If there’s an uncomfortable feeling in your gut about a person, situation, or place, go with it. Listen to it and either protect yourself or gtfo."— Go_Bias

5.  If it hurts, don't do it

Image Source: Reddit/Danaldinho007
Image Source: Reddit/Danaldinho007

 

6. Be punctual

"In exasperation, my mom told me, 'When you show up late, it tells people that you think your time is more important than theirs.'
I used to be cronically late to nearly everything. And that statement just crushed me because I love my mom and my friends and would never purposely be disrespectful. I had just never looked at it that way before. I'm rarely late anymore and it's been amazing how something so seemly small has improved my relationships and has all around made my life better and less stressful than I could have expected. Wish Mom would have laid into me sooner."— midnight_trains

7. Be patient with love

Image Source: Reddit/_walkerland
Image Source: Reddit/_walkerland

8. Do not tolerate physical abuse

"Even if you love eachother sooo much and he is so sorry and it will never happen again,
If he hits you, you leave."— MireilleMincher

9. Let people know about their best qualities

Image Source: Reddit/reeseheartfelt
Image Source: Reddit/reeseheartfelt

10. Take care of yourself

Image Source: Reddit/camuskdick
Image Source: Reddit/camuskdick

11. Adopt a gentle nature

"Being gentle never comes out of fashion"— Cofffein

12. No romance is worth going to jail for

Image Source: Reddit/thewaterqueen04
Image Source: Reddit/thewaterqueen04

13. Everybody has their burdens in life

"My mom has given me lots of good advice, a few ones stick out to me.
Upon asking her why she had quit work to raise her kids, she told me 'Many people lie on their death bed wishing they had spent more time with family. No one lies there and thinks they should have worked more.'
She liked to tell me growing up 'we all have our cross to bare' as a reminder to the fact we all have our struggles, and it helped me be more empathetic to others.
'My freedom ends where yours begins'
'Always do your best, even if it means a C and not an A, if it’s your best, then you did well. If anyone asks you to do more, tell them, I am doing my best. And they have to respect that, because as long as you work your hardest it is the truth. No one can do more than they can.'"— volvavirago

14. Your own annoyances in others may mirror your own actions.

Image Source: Reddit/educatedurbanwitch
Image Source: Reddit/educatedurbanwitch

15. Your perspective of the world will change over time

Image Source: Reddit/WrackspurtsNargles
Image Source: Reddit/WrackspurtsNargles

16. Be mindful of what you share on the internet

Image Source: Reddit/Doroochen
Image Source: Reddit/Doroochen

17. Things will work out eventually

Image Source: Reddit/charm_city_princess
Image Source: Reddit/charm_city_princess

18. Don't be a fool

Image Source: Reddit/zephyrlilly
Image Source: Reddit/zephyrlilly

19. Live east of where you work

"Live east of where you work. That way you won't be driving directly into the sun in either direction."—nick717

20. Only engage in a physical fight if provoked

Image Source: Reddit/mildly_gone
Image Source: Reddit/mildly_gone

21. Be happy while being single first

Image Source: Reddit/otter89
Image Source: Reddit/otter89

22. You can't please everybody

Image Source: Reddit/Caeldotthedot
Image Source: Reddit/Caeldotthedot

23. Be kind

"Kill em with kindness."— BarcodeNinja

24. You will face obstacles in your life constantly

Image Source: Reddit/ultrahateful
Image Source: Reddit/ultrahateful

25. Wear clean clothes

"Always wear clean underwear."— Storms1976
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