Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Personal Refelection on Change: Sarah Lee

Everyday changes are happening within people whether it is for the better or for the worse. Changes have the power to truly make a significant difference in someone’s beliefs, actions, or mindset. Personally, one specific event helped me to truly appreciate the importance of family, especially during hardships. 
Throughout middle school and high school, I moved several times due to financial issues within my family. I was never close with my parents and our relationships did not alleviate as I grew older but instead became worse. However, following my freshman year of high school, it was clear that my parents had declared bankruptcy. Still young and naïve, I was angry at my parents, simply believing that everything was their fault. Moreover, I was merely upset by the fact that I would not be able to purchase everything that I had always wanted or live my life how I used to. However, one night my parents approached me and the next few moments were a blur of words mixed with tears, of fear mixed with regret. My mother was apologizing that she was unable to give me the life that she had always wanted to give me. I was heartbroken and felt remorse for the times I was only thinking about myself.
It’s amazing how a person’s view can change when the veil of selfishness is lifted because after I had talked with them that night, I was no longer angry at them. Tribulations truly do bring people together; especially family members. I've come to realize that my parents were the ones who shaped my life. They are the ones that drive me to succeed. And they represent all the qualities I admire: sacrifice, determination, and unconditional love.

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1 comment:

  1. This is an awesome reflection Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing it, I know tons of people will be able to connect with it. I know that I have slowly learned to appreciate my parents more and more each day. I don't know what I would do without them!