The Words I Wish I Would Have Told My Parents Before I Left Home

The Words I Wish I Would Have Told My Parents Before I Left Home

In retrospect, I was selfish. However, I am more aware of your sacrifices now.

Dear Mom and Dad,

It’s with a heavy heart that I admit that it’s all coming to an end. How do you say goodbye to a home and a childhood that you loved with all of your heart for eighteen years, or to a family that you have been through everything with? You have helped me transition from a little girl to a confident young woman, and I couldn’t be more lucky to have parents like you guys.

You’ve sat through it all. The rec. league games where I couldn’t run four steps without tripping over my own feet, to the middle school spelling bees that droned on for hours and hours, and miraculously to my high school years, where you’ve had to counsel me on everything ranging from basketball to boys. The thing is, you didn’t do it because you “had” to, you did it because you loved me and you loved being there for me, and that means more than any other earthly achievement ever will.

You’ve created the most amazing shoes to fill, and I don’t know how I will ever do it. How do I match such compassion or work ethic? How will I be able to succeed without the people who have caught me time and time again after I have fallen?

I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I do know this: I will mess up. I will make countless mistakes on this journey into adulthood, but I can promise you that I will not allow these mistakes to hinder myself from growing into the woman that you so fervently aspired that I would be.

I know that I excel at writing, and inherently, that means that I am great with words. However, I now find myself at a loss of words to make you understand how much you guys mean to me. Everything that I have ever accomplished is because you both were always there pushing me, encouraging me to fight for what I want no matter what.

I’m about to leave, to begin life as a young adult who has to make her own decisions. But, because of the knowledge, morals and love that you have poured into me, I am ready to face this challenge head on. I can confidently face the world knowing that I have my two greatest supporters by my side.

I'm not afraid to fail anymore.

I know that I am hard to deal with sometimes, the stubborn daughter who never knows when to keep her mouth shut and is always struggling with something. However, I also know that even though you try to hide it, you both face your own struggles. But the thing is, you’ve never stopped working for me, or decided to prioritize your issues above my own. You have always put my siblings and I first, and I just want you to know that I love you more than you could ever comprehend. Your selflessness has not gone unobserved.


Your Daughter

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If Jay Gatsby Got A Do Over

What if there was a redo button for our tragic hero?

My all time-favorite story by FAR has always been The Great Gatsby. I was that nerd in high school who poured through the pages of the book wanting more and more, just wanting Gatsby and Daisy to end up together. That book has taught me more about life and relationships than anything else in the world.

So recently I started to think, what if the story ended differently? What if the characters chose differently, what would happen? If anyone in the book deserves a do-over, I believe it's Gatsby himself. The guy pines over the love of his life for five years, only to discover that she's not only a horrible person, but married, and using him when they finally have the opportunity to be together. That, sucks.

But what would he do with a do over? As a lover of the book, it's really hard for me to imagine this. How far would he go back to change things?

What if he never met Daisy? What if he never had "the one"? The story would be incredibly boring for one. For two, what is the point of it all then? Yes, he might not get heartbroken, he might avoid a lot of awkward conversations, and he probably wouldn't get shot at the end (sorry, spoiler), but what would all his success have been for?

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald was trying to teach us through Gatsby and Daisy that worldly possessions are nice, but what are they worth if you have no one to share it with?

It's interesting to imagine Gatsby still being the poor boy that he was meant to grow up as, and trying to win Daisy's affection still. As the person she grew up to be, she would never have even looked in his direction. But what then? Would he have ended up with someone else? Someone more real, down to earth, and sensible?

Gatsby's fears are realized at the end of the story, he dies alone. His chance with Daisy is gone. I like to think that if he had not attracted so much of that fear into his life, he may have had the opportunity to live happily.

All in all, if a do over was possible, this would not be the story we all know and love. I believe that is part of the lesson, things happen for a reason. There aren't always happy endings, and we have to learn to be okay with that because that's how life is.

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Unbreakable but rarely feeling that way... sums up college.

If you've never seen "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix, it is definitely worth a watch! Funny and relatable characters deal with everyday problems as well as some pretty unique ones with humor and bravery. Though it's called "unbreakable" these characters totally relate to the same struggles us college kids experience on the daily. Here are 20 times "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" accurately represented college life.

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