We aren’t born with teeth, they develop as we grow; the same could be said of our life experiences. Babies don’t choose their parents and yet the parents play a large part in who they will become. From the name they give the child to the way they handle discipline. Every day the baby is learning something from their parent’s actions, something that shapes who they will be as adults. Children tend to follow in their parents footsteps. Children are soft like clay, sculpted and molded by each of their experiences. Childhood is everything, and we take something away from all of those experiences and carry them on into adulthood. We don’t see the wind but is still makes us cold and we don’t see all our childhood experiences but they still shape us as adults.
People are defined by big moments and decisions they make, but it’s the little ones that make us who we are. Like the moment a mother holds her baby for the first time, and the moment they set you down and you take those first steps. I don’t remember any of those experiences, yet they were life changing moments in my life. My dad was married twice before my mother and I have a brother and a sister from each of those marriages. My mom wanted a child and he agreed, that set the tone for our relationships. From day one my mother was very involved in my life and my father worked a lot. Both of my parents supported every decision I made. Mom supported me by signing me up for gymnastics, young actors, and modeling when I was three. Dad supported me financially. Because of all those activities, I am still very active and physically fit. In, A Walk On The Far Side, Gary Larson’s parents seem a lot like mine.”His folks kept his crayon caddy well stocked. And when Larson wanted a pet snake instead of a beagle? Well, that was OK too.” Some might see this as hindering our ability to make decisions, but I say it gives us more opportunities. I am at a point in my life where it is time to look...
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