Any parent who has studied in school or college while simultaneously raising a young child will know that it takes a special kind of motivation to keep going because, at some point or another, you may just feel like giving up.
This is why Jelina Latrice Sheppard’s Instagram dedication to her young son, Karter, has struck a chord with so many people around the world this week.
Jelina raised Karter while studying for her bachelor’s degree, and upon graduating this weekend, she decided to send out a special message of thanks to her little one for his part in her success.
Describing him as her ‘motivation’ to get through the long years of assignments and exams, Jelina praised Karter for the sacrifices he made throughout her journey.
“For all those nights you had to fall asleep in the library, for all those times you had to watch cartoons alone because I needed to do homework, for the early mornings in daycare because I needed to be in class to being the last one there because I had to work, most importantly for the moments of separation because I needed to get this done, thank you,” she wrote, next to a photo of herself embracing her son tightly.
She added: “I finished because you needed to see me do it. I'm not strong because I want to be, I'm strong because I'm your first example. We've seen a lot and overcame a lot more. To infinity and beyond, a mother's greatest love.”
It’s not hard to see why the post has gone viral – so many can relate to Jelina’s pride, relief, and overwhelming emotion.