Life Lessons

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Cara Camerada 9/23/12
Eng 001 Prof. Falcone
Life Lessons

Sometimes in life things happen which we have no control over. It is a journey, full of mistakes, negativity, and lessons learned. Everybody has that one person in their life that has had a valuable affect on themselves. Even though we may see them as nothing but a bother, there is much more to offer. We may not realize it at first, but these occurrences make us stronger. The person who has had a negative effect on my life but has taught me valuable lessons is my cousin Peter.

Ever since we were little, Peter and I have never got along. From fist fights over our Lego toys, to screaming at the top of our lungs was where the arguments began. For me, this was a struggle. We are only two years apart but I believe that the closer you are in age, the more you tend to argue. In our case, my belief is proven. Peter used to tease me, lie to my parents about what I did and didn’t do, cause problems within our family members, and just made my life miserable. I used to think that we would never grow out of our hatred for each other, but thankfully we eventually did. These fights with Peter have taught me valuable lessons in life, mainly maturity. Maturity would be the most recognizable lesson learned because even though we were young, maturity had to be grown to realize what we were creating in this family was wrong. Even though I wasn’t always the one to start the fights, maturity was demanded. I learned that teasing is not the way to deal with problems, and that certainly is not the way that mature adults deal with their problems. In a family, there is peace, because in a family are people who you will spend the rest of your life with. Another lesson I learned from the fighting of Peter and I is to forgive and forget. Life is too short to stress over meaningless drama. Peter may have pushed me to my limits while teasing me, treating me unfairly and so on, but these lessons are...
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