Parents. You love them, but you despise when they're right. Your whole life is filled with "I told you" and "because I said so." When you're young, you don't think they could always be right. Well, these are ten times my parents actually were right.
1. When they said someone wasn't really my friend.
I've had so many friendships come and go throughout my life. I remember distinctly the one time I realized my parents were right. In middle school I had plenty of friends, if that's what you could call them. One Friday night at our local skating rink, my dad overheard some of my "friends" call me fat, wondering why I even bothered to show up. As soon as I got out of the bathroom, my dad made me leave. He said, "Karly, those girls aren't your friends." I didn't understand yet what he meant, but I sure would later.
2. When they told me working hard was the most important thing I could do.
I may not be the smartest, but I work hard. Hard work is what has gotten me to where I am today. My parents supported me, and taught me the value of hard work. Throughout the years, this has molded me into the student, employee, and person I am today. There is nothing that can stop me, as long as I don't stop working.
3. When they told me I couldn't depend on anyone.
My mother taught me from a young age that I couldn't depend on anyone. My mom told me, "If anything happened to your father, I could support you and me, and that's all that matters." Regardless of what anyone says, I don't need anybody. I am the only person that I can depend on, and I need to do everything I can to protect myself.
4. When they told me I was beautiful.
For years, I really didn't believe this was true. My famous response was "You have to say that because I'm your daughter." The truth is, I am beautiful. Every single one of us is beautiful. You are beautiful inside, and out, and my parents just happened to be the only people that saw it all the time. They taught me that no matter what anyone says, you are beautiful.
5. They made me make my bed every day.
My parents made me make my bed every morning, because once you feel as if you've accomplished something, your attitude for the day changes. Now, I make my bed every morning, which puts me in the mindset to get my day started. Once I've accomplished one thing, I'm ready to tackle the day. Plus, I have a nice bed to hop into at the end of a hard day.
6. When they told me that I was loved.
As a college student, it's so easy to get overwhelmed to the point to shutting down. It's easy to feel alone, to think that no one cares. However, my parents always told me that I was loved. When I cry for half an hour straight over FaceTime, I know my parents still love me. When nothing feels like it's going right, I know that I am loved and that someone, somewhere is supporting me.
7. They said I was going to be their baby forever.
Yes, I am 20. Yes, I am an adult. But, I will be my mother's baby until the day I die. Whenever I'm sick, I want my mom to take care of me. When my entire world is falling apart, I want my mom to put it back together. No matter what happens, I seek my mother for guidance on how to handle any situation, and how to be okay afterwords.
8. When they said they had my best interest in heart.
Every time your parents try and tell you something you don't want to hear, they have to remind you that they have your best interest in heart. Every time they've told me that something wasn't right or that I was doing something wrong, it was because they wanted me to be a better version of myself. Parents care, even when it doesn't seem like it.
9. When they told me I could do anything I set my mind to.
Being a poor, young woman, there are plenty of people around to tell you that you can't or won't accomplish something. My parents were right in teaching me that it's okay for me to be bold, and to go after whatever I want. Once I set my mind to something, it has taught me to do anything I can to get what I want.
10. I deserve the world.
It took years to understand what this meant. After a few bad boyfriends and mediocre friendships, I finally heard my parents words. I deserve the world. I deserve to have the opportunity to fight for what I want. I deserve to be treated right. I deserve to be loved. I deserve to be admired. I deserve to have the chance to change the world.
I don't know what I will accomplish, and I don't know how I will accomplish it. All I know is that sometimes, parents are right. Sometimes, you just need to hear from the people that love you most, and actually listen.