My mum By Abbey Hannan

My mum grew up in Penrith, New South Wales, where she lived with her brother, mother and father. My mum's mentor was her dad. He was a man who wanted her to succeed and enjoy everything she did. My mum told me he was always there for her and nothing was too much. She looked up to him but sadly lost him when she was only 25 years old. This really made her grow up quickly and realise people who are always there for you are so important.

"I had a happy childhood I used to do ballet and play netball and my dad came with me every weekend to watch me"- My mum.

Then there's me. When I turned eight I decided I wanted to play soccer. My mum would always come to my games and watch me play. She supported me by being there, taking me to games and always telling me I can do well in what I enjoyed. I feel my mum encouraged me just like her dad did for her.

As I grew older, I got better and played in State Cups and played in the Junior Australian team. I had to travel all over Australia and then the world. My mum would travel with me and always be the manager of my teams. My mum was always there to help me and cheer me on. Now that I'm older I admire how much support she has given me as she has shaped the way I see things.

My mum told me when I was at school to "just to try your best" but I was not confident in myself. I applied for Universities but at this stage I didn't want to go I just wanted to make my mum happy. I got into a University for teaching but wasn't interested. So I applied at the College, My mum told me I should do something I loved and I have. She has given me the best advice and pushed me to my highest potential.

"When I was 21 I travelled with four of my girlfriends around East coast of Australia it was an eye opener and made me grow up a lot"- My mum.

Then theres me I decided to travel overseas on my own. This was a big thing for me to do and made me do things myself rather than relying on mum. I learnt how to talk to people instead of avoiding them. My mum was still there when I needed her. We skyped a lot whilst I was over in Europe. She encouraged me to stay during hard times when I was homesick and told me to take advantage of this once in a lifetime experience.

My mum has taught me through these experiences to be understanding towards different people. My mum has also taught me independence. I have made so many friends overseas because my mum supported me and pushed me to come out of my shell. I am so grateful for these amazing experiences my mum has given me which has made me grow into the person I am today.

"You've grown up a lot and become independent and I'm really proud of you"- My mum.

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