Thank you, Mom and Dad.

Thank you, Mom and Dad.

To the ones who were always there from day one (literally).
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A “parent” is defined as a person who is a caretaker of a child. But, you guys were so much more than that. Since it’s hard for me to verbally tell you, here is my “thank you” and “I love you” in writing.

First, thank you for choosing to sacrifice your life, family, and friends in Korea by coming to America to provide me with a higher standard of living and education.

Thank you for encouraging me to accept my Korean heritage and for not cringing when you heard my Americanized accent when I spoke Korean.

Looking back, I honestly did so many things that I can’t believe you patiently took and dealt with. I’m sorry for being angry with you for so many trivial, petty things. Thank you for being there to deal with my cranky attitude in the morning. Thank you for calling me out for being a brat, and I’m sorry for my stubbornness. When we got into fights, thank you for remembering how stubborn I am, for reaching out to me first, and for fixing our relationship again.

Thank you for taking care of me when I was sick, and I’m sorry for getting both of you sick in the process.

Thank you for all the late-night shifts you took to provide more for me. As I get older, I’m realizing how important money is, and I’m sorry for complaining when I didn’t get what I wanted (basically, sorry for being a brat, again).

It’s easy to believe that you guys will be here for the rest of my life, but as I see the wrinkles and the white hair, I am reminded that life on this earth is temporary and fleeting. I am reminded that there are not many more years left like this. However, I rest easy knowing that a better, pain-free life exists for us after this earthly life comes to an end.

Thank you, umma and appa. Thank you for being such amazing parents and for showing me what unconditional love looks like.
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Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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When I think about the most important lessons I'm taking with me into my early 20s, these are 10 pieces of advice that make a lotttt more sense now.

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1. When your personality is ugly, your looks will follow

It is really hard for a 15 year old girl to believe that people aren't as attractive when they have an awful personality, but now that I am in my 20's I can definitely see the truth in this.

2. Your metabolism won't stay the same forever

Ha, yes. When I look back at pictures from high school I'm constantly thinking to myself "Why did I think I was fat?"

3. You don't want to be one of those girls who peaks in high school

It's hard to understand this when you're in high school and living through its highs and lows, but I'm so glad that I went through what I did.

4. *Insert THAT girl's name* IS peaking in high school

My mom was ALWAYS right about this. Always.

5. Nothing has ever been solved by overthinking a situation

I still can't think of a time this hasn't been true.

6. *Insert tiny problem* isn't worth getting worked up over

Whether this was about a fight with my best friends, a break up with an ex or college apps, looking back on it my mom was right; none of those problems were worth the tears or the energy.

7. Sleep is way more important than you think it is

Even though I know some people can thrive off of 4 hours of sleep literally every night, but I need my 8 hours like I need to breathe.

8. Not everything is what it seems like on social media

Instagram wasn't nearly as popular as it is now, but my mom was way ahead of her time when she told me that not everything on social media is accurate. TBT to the time when" Instagram Influencer" wasn't something you could put on a resume.

9. You are smarter than you think you are, but not as smart as your mom

Yeaaaaa....I'm still learning this one.

10. Your friends from high school won't be your friends forever

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