Life throws many curveballs at you. Sometimes, you feel like you've started to recover from a hit only to be hit by another curveball right in the stomach. However, when you are a single parent, you have no choice but to get back up again.
After all, who would be there for your child if you can't be? Who would be the one present in all the school performances, plays, contests, recitals, and what not if you won't force yourself to just keep going?
Single parents have to take on a role as both Mom and Dad. When I left my partner 10 years ago, I had to do just that. It was hard. It was heartbreaking. There were days when I would just cry. There were days I would despair on how I can be both.
I didn't know how to be a Mom to a 3 year old much less a Dad. I didn't have the patience to play with him and I was a workaholic as well. It's not a good combination but through a lot of trial and errors, tears, and laughter, my son and I were able to make things work along with the help of my family.
Being a single parent may be tough but it is also equally rewarding. You have double the responsibility and you also have double the reward. Just like in this video of Solane which really warmed my heart.
The lines were all very true. Solane really hit it right on the head. Parenting doesn't come with a manual. There are guides but most of the time, you just need to follow what's in your heart and what your kid needs from you. The one thing that is true for all parents though, single or not, is that you can never ever give up. The moment you become a parent, you cannot quit, EVER.
This was one of the mantra that I would always tell myself. I cannot quit. I cannot give up. I cannot NOT succeed. I am the only one that my son has and because of that, giving up, quitting, and failing will never be an option. Even when I have fallen 100 times, I make it a point to get up 101 times because I need to show my son that with resilience and determination, you can be successful and it's best when you succeed with and for the people that truly matter to you: YOUR FAMILY.