Things I Have Learned From My Parents

I am lucky enough to say I can confidently feel that there will always be two people in my life who no matter what happens, they will always be by my side with support and love. Those people are my parents.

Parents speak with words of wisdom and have their children as their best interest. There is so much one can learn from listening to their parents and I thought I would share general life lessons that I have learned from my own.

  1. You can achieve anything you want if you work hard enough for it.

I feel parents have the ability to see their children’s potential even if they don’t see it themselves. They have watched you grow and have seen it all from an outside perspective and sometimes they know more things about you than you know about yourself. This goes for what you can achieve. I believe if you want something hard enough, you can get it. It’s motivation, determination and hard work that is needed and never giving up. My parents have always made me feel if I work hard towards something and give it my best, then anything can happen. Your dreams don’t have to just stay dreams.

2. You can only do what you can do.

This is a lesson I have only recently accepted but one that my mom has always pushed forward. Life is one of those things that can be bittersweet. There are many positive, exciting and amazing things that happen to us but there are also disappointments and tragedies that can happen too. Everyone at some point is going to experience a disappointment or failure of something in their life and instead of beating yourself up over it and dwelling on it so that it just eats you up inside, you have to accept that you did what you could and the rest was out of your control. I now tend to tell myself this before I go into an exam or interview or anything I am facing in life, that if I give it my best effort, then that’s all I can do and the rest is just meant to happen. Fretting the small things is only going to pull you down.

3. Be yourself.

I was always raised to respect the people and places around me and to treat people with kindness. I believe the way you present yourself, the way you act, the things you say and the people you surround yourself with, all make a person. My parents have helped shape me into the person I am today and they have taught me to always be myself. When meeting new people or having an interview, they always tell me just relax and be yourself. There is no sense in trying to be someone you are not. You are you for a reason, you have to trust your own morals, your own thoughts and go through life with the mindset of being and acting yourself will help you get to where you need to be.

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