19 Things My Parents Taught Me In My 19 years

19 Things My Parents Taught Me In My 19 years

My parents made me the person I am.
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I am thankful to say that I have the world’s greatest parents. Not only do they support me in all of my crazy endeavors, but they were the absolute best role models I could have ever asked for. I do not know how I can ever thank them for all that they have given to me, but I will spend my entire life trying. So to the most amazing, inspiring, beautiful people in the entire world, without you, I would be nothing.

1. Be confident

    You are awesome, you're doing great, be proud of that.

    2. Don't take no for an answer

    When it seems like the world is all telling you no, stand up and scream "Yes" into their faces.

    3. Smile

    Everyone is so much more approachable with a smile. The world is an amazing place, smile about it.

    4. Be silly

    You need to live life to the fullest and sometimes that means getting silly.

    5. Believe in your self

    You are literally doing so amazing, believe and understand that you killing it.

    6. You are enough

    Even when the world keeps telling me that you need to do more, you don't, work as hard as you can and it's enough.

    7. You are worth fighting for

    In those moments when it seems like everything you do is wrong and the world is crashing down, I look to my parents and they let me know "You are worth fighting for"

    8. Don’t let anyone bring you down

    Haters gonna hate.

    9. Be the change you want to see

    The world will not change unless you make a change.

    10. Work hard


    The only thing holding you back from your dreams is how hard you are willing to work for it.

    11. Dream big

    Shatter the ceilings that contain you.

    12. Be positive


    Dad, you are the most positive person I have ever met and I strive to be like you every single day.

    13. Don’t let toxic people into your life

    Toxic people bring nothing into your life so there is no reason to keep them in it.

    14. Let your freak flag fly

    Be yourself and be weird. It's okay.

    15. You are wanted

    When it seems like everyone is against me, I can always turn to my parents. I am wanted.

    16. You are special

    In a world where everyone is special, you are the most special.

    17. Only you can be you


    Do not try to be anyone besides yourself.

    18. Love with all your heart

    Don't be afraid to give love to the things you love most in this world


    19. Somebody loves you

    It's these people!!


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15 Reasons My Parents' Love Gives Me Hope For The Future

Seeing my parents love and care for one another has taught me so much about how relationships should be and God's love for his children.
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1. My dad told my mom on their first date that he knew she was the one and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her (scary or romantic?).

Got engaged 4 months later, and married 4 months after that. The guy was not wasting anytime there people.

2. After 21 years of marriage and 3 kids later, my dad is still obsessed with my mother.

I mean she is almost 50 and still rocking it, but whether she is a hot mess or all dressed up, he is complimenting her and still head over heals. He is always taking her picture; I guarantee you over half of his camera roll is pictures of my mother.

3. They are constantly motivating each other to their fullest potential.

When one is slacking behind, the other picks them up, not leaving one behind.

4. They work out in our basement together and my dad takes my moms classes (she is a yoga and group fitness instructor).

SO they are both fit and killing it.

5. Whenever I go home, there is always packages being delivered, and I’m like mom what is this and she is like oh it is just dad buying me another dress or bathing suit.

After all of these years, he still spoils her.

6. They are so goofy together.

They blame their farts on each other (or my little sister even when she’s not in the room) (farts are very funny in my family, don't judge). Also, we have a mug of my parents kissing on a bike and it is my friends favorite mug to drink out of (you know who you are).

7. They are always putting each other before their self, which results in a constant build-up of positivity and encouragement.

8. My dad writes my mom little love notes on sticky notes and sticks them all over her bathroom mirror. It is adorable.

9. My mom deals with my dad’s impatient-ness in a way I will never be able to comprehend.

They recognize each others faults and don’t discriminate each other for them.

10. Whatever challenges come their way, they always come our better and stronger on the other side, and they have been through a lot.

11. My mom is always putting my siblings and I before herself, and my dad is always pushing her to do things for herself like getting a massage, her nails done, or traveling.

They recognize how much work they each put into our family and love one another that much more because of it.

12. My dad is a pilot; therefore, he travels a lot.

My parents are constantly saying that the time they spend apart from each other just causes them to cherish the time they have together that much more.

13. They persistently say how they fall more and more in love with each other every day.

They say that they are more in love with each other now than they day they got married.

14. Making sacrifices for each other is huge.

This ties in with everything else I have been saying about my parents relationship, but sacrifice is essential in making a relationship successful and they got this down.

15. Recognizing what makes each other happy or upset and acting accordingly.

Knowing how to treat one another to uplift their mood and when to take a set back.

Overall, because I've grown up watching my parents relationship and witnessing how much they love each other, it sets my standards high, it gives me hope for what the future holds. Just seeing my parents love and care for one another has taught me so much about how relationships should be and God's love for his children. I just can't believe it has taken me this long to realize it. In a world where divorce has become so popular, I pray for this kind of love for myself, my siblings, my friends, other couples, and everyone else out there. No matter who you are, you deserve to be loved. God created us to love. Spread that love baby.

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It Has Been Nine Years Now, Daddy

I cannot believe that it has been nine years since you left this earth, Daddy.
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Dear Daddy,

I still remember the day that you left us. I was 14-years-old, DJ (David Jr.) was 12, and Amanda had just turned three. I wish your pain was a pulled muscle like you thought it was. I wish that I had more knowledge on heart attacks and blood clots. I wish I could have saved your life.

Not a day goes by where I do not think of you and miss you. I remember you telling me that it was your dream that I do better than what you had done in your life, and, so, I am making sure to live a life that you would have wanted for me. This includes working, getting a degree, and doing the absolute best that I can for as long as I can.

I often wonder if I am making you proud or if I have ever let you down. Being let down comes with being a parent, I think, so, I am sure that I have done it throughout these past nine years.

I am 23-years-old now, Daddy. I married my husband, Jason in 2013, and we had our first baby, Elizabeth, a few days later. Elizabeth Judy Rose Massey (Judy after mom's mom) is four-years-old now, but she will be five on July 19th.

We had our second baby, Jason Alexander Massey on September 13th, 2016 and he is one now. You would have loved them to pieces and I can just imagine how much they would love you, too.

I am nearly finished with my Bachelor's degree, Daddy. I will be graduating next Spring (2019). You will have been gone for ten years by then, Daddy. I am sure that you know already, but I have joined three, yes, THREE, honor societies since starting my journey with SNHU. I have joined The National Society of Leadership & Success, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and The International English Honor Society.

Vampire related books are still my favorite. I remember you buying me each Twilight book every time I finished the previous book in the series. Thank you for that, truly. Gosh, I remember when you went to the mall and came out with a Twilight pillow and blanket set with Edwards face on them for me.

Remember all of your 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' books? Mom ended up giving me all of them and they sit happily on my bookshelf. I have yet to read them, but I will, someday. I wish I could have read them while you were still alive so that we had yet another thing to bond over. I remember watching the TV series with you, but if that is something that I learned from reading 'The Vampire Diaries' is that the books can be 98% different when being compared to the movie(s) or show(s) created to follow the series.

Oh, yeah! I still have the guitar you gave to me before passing away. Sadly, I still do not know how to play, but that will change soon, I hope.

I am sorry that I am all over the place with writing this to you, Daddy, but I just did not know where to start and where to stop. I hope seeing this makes you smile and warms your heart to know that I am doing alright and, hopefully, making your dream for me come true.

I love and miss you always, Daddy.

Love,

Your little girl

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