As young people, we are in a constant battle to take over the world in any capacity that we can. Whether it be work, classes or just life in general -- we’ve got this! Even if we think we don’t, we can “fake it ‘till we make it.” However, we all have limits and sometimes need to be reminded where we came from. We were not always the big and bad adults we see in our heads, and more than likely, everyone around us knows that too. Just remember, there are certain people we never have to prove ourselves to. They understand we are growing and trying to find our place in this world.
Our parents are actually really cool.
They are the people who fully understand that you are a strong, independent woman. They do not need to be reminded all the time. Those times when it seems like a good idea to tell your mom that you don’t need anything from home, let her bring it, she just wants to see you. Let your dad stay and fix your printer. Yes, he will end up messing with everything, but he wants to make sure you are taken care of. Really, give it some thought before you cancel on your mom to go shopping with your friend you haven’t seen since high school. Take some time to think before you tell your dad that you don’t need him anymore, you know it’s not true.
We are quick to forget how we gained our independence.
Our moms told us we were the smartest kids in the world, or let us know that we definitely weren’t. Of course they did it in the nicest, most motherly way possible. Our dads told us to stand up for ourselves and that we were bigger than our bullies. Sadly, in my case, it resulted in a 5’2” sixteen year-old getting into fist fights because I thought I was capable of everything. Not to mention, all of the class projects that paved the way for us to become the resourceful college students that we are now. Don’t forget our parents that put up with us and our breakdowns when we thought we were going to fail and drop out of high school all because we could not make a car out of CDs, rubber bands and a mouse trap.
Our parents were there when we were all dorky and bratty little humans.
They also helped us gain perspective and let us know that there are bigger things out there for us. Even the best friends that we think we know, more than likely would have not put up with that. Nor would have they helped us become the stubborn, independent "adults" we are now. We tend to forget that sometimes. So when all our parents ask is for us to call them once a week, it's really not that big of a deal.