The path to becoming a mom is different for everyone. Some moms plan their pregnancies, some become pregnant unexpectedly, some are young, and some are older. Some become moms through adoption, some raise a child on their own, and some have the support of a loving and supportive partner.

For me, deciding to become a mom coincided with an overwhelmingly pervasive feeling of wanting to have a child. Perhaps it was a convergence of circumstances — feeling that my life wasn’t yet complete, holding my newborn nephew, my biological clock ticking, or wanting to share a relationship like no other —filled with the joy and innocence that comes so naturally to children. One thing I knew for sure was that there was absolutely nothing that was going to get in the way of fulfilling my indescribable longing. Like everything else in my life, I approached this most important decision purposefully and with fervor, and it is by far, the best one I ever made.

Being a mom has taught me about love, humility, boundaries, and being the best person I can be. Once, a friend asked me why I wanted to help my daughter clean her apartment. Sadly, she didn’t understand that meaningful life experiences are often shared through the most unattractive tasks. Now, as the mom of an adult daughter, I can tell you that I’d help clean her house any day. I’d brush her hair until my arm feels like it is going to fall off, and willingly accompany her to shop till we drop. I love being a mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who has a mom, is a mom, or hopes to become one.