I remember my mom visiting me and the family in the US and after a three and a half week visit I dropped my mom at the airport where she was flying back home to the UAE.

Now my mom like all mothers gets pretty emotional during good byes, after giving me a hug, a kiss on the cheek, she stared at me with tears in her eyes and let me know how proud she was of me, I had made it to Stanford University, something I had always dreamed of, and like any loving mother my dreams for myself became her dreams for me.

The drive back home gave me a lot to think about, about how a big part of who I am today is because one wonderful woman put my life, and that of my brothers, before hers. She taught me that love knows no limits, and completely ignores all aspects of time, but more importantly she taught me how to love.

Being a child whose parents came from a different culture, race, and religion she taught me to look past the barriers that divide us and love people for who they are. She taught me not to be afraid to express my feelings and emotions to the people that matter most to me, and she taught me that when you find that one person who will change your life forever, give them all the love you’ve got.

I like to think that the sense of passion my mother has instilled in me has driven me in all aspects of my life, whether it is to do the things I love in life, to marry the woman of my dreams, to cherish the moments I am with my children, and to love the opportunities I have been blessed with to make me a better human being.

There is very little in this world more powerful than a mother’s love, so when you see or talk to your mother next, let them know how much you love them and thank them for being where you are today, for we can only imagine where we would have ended up without them.

Love You Forever Mom.