7 Lessons Parents Teach Us
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7 Lessons Parents Teach Us

​Parents aren't the people you come from. They're the people you want to be, when you grow up.

7 Lessons Parents Teach Us

If your parents are anything like mine, then everything is turned into a life lesson. Whether it's a joke, a story, or a thought that my siblings and I share with them, there is almost always a lecture to follow. As teenagers, we sometimes overlook these little life lessons that our parents relay to us on the daily. We roll our eyes and slam our doors because we don't want to hear what they have to say, especially when we know they're right.

The older I get, the more I remember the lessons my parents have taught me, and the more I actually begin to apply them to my life. So here's an article dedicated to my favorite lessons; the lessons that, whether I like it or not, have shaped me into who I am today.

1. Family comes first, and it's always worth fighting for.

This sounds like it came straight out of a Disney movie. And maybe it did, considering my whole family is Disney-crazed. If all else is forgotten, my hope is that I still remember the truth behind this statement. My parents have rooted in me the importance of family. I know I could be wrong a hundred times, and they will stand with me one hundred and one times. Recently in a conversation with a friend, he expressed to me the frustration of not having the best relationship with his family. If that's you, it's time to get up and fight, because when it comes to family, it will always, ALWAYS be worth it.

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2. If you fail to plan, you're planning to fail.

This one's a crowd favorite. Sometimes, things fall apart due to lack of planning. I thought that I had always been a planner, until I started thinking about where that stemmed from. I hate failing, and I can't live my life without planning it out first. I don't think that's a coincidence. Isn't it crazy how parents influence us without our consent and then we're stuck here wondering why we are the way we are?

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3. If it's meant to be, it'll be.

I know it sounds generic, but I heard it from my mom first, I promise! It's also what I hated to hear every time I was going through something. I have even heard my mom repeat it to my friends when they would vent to her about things not going well. But she's right. Sometimes, we go through situations that don't work out the way we wanted, and we start stressing, worrying, and giving up. Through any difficult situation, my mom could see the look of frustration on my face and would (try to) calm me with these words I now understand.

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4. Stay positive and make the best of every opportunity.

I'll never forget a day my dad took me to Chuck E. Cheese with my brother and sister. It was a very long time ago, and I don't remember anything else except for this one kid who was in a wheelchair playing the basketball game. Sitting on his chair, he was barely tall enough to throw the ball high enough to reach the hoop. However, he had the happiest smile plastered on his face. He was probably having the most fun out of every other kid there. I vividly recall sitting at the table, watching this young boy having the time of his life, and that was when my dad spoke the lesson the boy was demonstrating. Life may give you all the reasons to quit, but staying positive makes all the difference.

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5. Life isn't fair.

We all know this to be true through experience. I could sit here and tell you a million different stories about stuff that has happened to me that I thought was unfair. I can also say that out of those million times that I complained to my dad about something not being fair, he always had the same answer. Okay dad, you win. I won't complain about unfairness anymore.

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6. Every achievement is a reason to celebrate.

One of my favorite things about my family is that whenever something good happens to one of us, it is mandatory that we go out to celebrate. From acing tests to scoring a new job, no victory goes unnoticed. In middle and high school, there was no better way to welcome an honor roll on my report card than to go home and wait for my parents to ask me what I wanted to do to celebrate. (For those of you who know me, you already know I chose to go to Cold Stone every time.) I'm convinced it has always been a part of my parents' plan to teach us the act of encouragement. Hey, I'm not complaining, I got free ice cream.

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7. People deserve second chances.

This one may be the most controversial one out of all. Not everyone believes people deserve second chances when they mess up. But because of everything I've lived through and have seen my parents live through, there's not one part of me that can move on from a hurtful situation without forgiving the one who hurt me and believing they can be better. This was not a verbal lesson. My parents show me every day what it is like to give someone a second chance.

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