She never forced me into any role. When I was 11, her friends convinced her to put me in special piano lessons to go to Julliard music school. Kids are sent there to become professional musicians. I played along with it for about six months.
One day, I realized it wouldn’t be “the life for me”. I knew that at 11 years old.
I asked if I could stop taking the lessons. I thought she’d be upset, but she wasn’t. She was relieved and agreed.
Yes, while she’s not perfect (nobody is!) she’s been an awesome mother.