When I ask myself what I'm doing all of this for--college, an education, working hard every single day, I used to think it was mainly because that's what I wanted for myself, and as true as that is, it's for some other people too. My parents.
My parents, who weren't ever necessarily well-off, but grew up in large families and worked their way through college or had points when they were living paycheck to paycheck. My parents who work their butts off every single day of the year, even on vacation. My parents who check emails Sunday at midnight or are returning calls at 8 am on their Saturday mornings. My parents who had to make extreme sacrifices for my siblings and I, and would do it again in a heartbeat. My parents who came from very little and have built a better life not only for themselves, but for their kids as well. My parents who are the most hard-working, loyal, committed people I know. My parents.
And who I know will continue to do that no matter how hard or trying times can be. Who will always find more to do and look for news ways to do things. Who will be creative in whatever obstacles come their way and see these life endeavors as all part of the adventure, not a setback. My parents.
They are resilient, devoted workers and even more than that, those who love me more than anything as a mother and father. They are the ones who gave me the opportunity to pursue my dreams, no matter how many times those dreams change, and no matter the sacrifices they will have to make for me. They are the ones who I go to for advice, for comfort, for anything and everything. They are my support system--in the good and the bad, in the ups and the downs. If I were half the person they were, I would consider myself lucky. My parents.
I sometimes have to beg my mom to take a break from work and read outside with me, or wait a few hours for my dad to get home from work to go on a run with him. Their time, effort, and seemingly endless energy don't go unnoticed. I strive for a work ethic as unwavering and wholehearted as theirs. They are superhuman, I swear. My parents.
I only hope to be able to give them back everything they have given me, as impossible of a task as that is. I hope to work hard enough to make their lives better in every way that I possibly can. I'm going to aim to have their work ethic, their drive, their astounding attitude. It is something that I won't only use in work, but in life as well. It is something that I wish to be. It is something that makes me love them all the more. A thank you to my inspiration, my motivation, and my roles models; my parents.