The One Lesson in Life

What is the single most important lesson you have been taught by your parents? This is a question I came across and I really took time to think about my personal answer to it. I have been fortunate enough to grow up with parents who have been endlessly supportive of my dreams and aspirations. However, they taught me so many lessons throughout my life so which one could possibly be the most important? After thinking about it many lessons came into mind such as; you can do anything you set your mind to, always work hard to get what you want, stand up for what you believe in, stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves, be a person of character, have faith, and more. When thinking about all of the lessons my parents have taught me the single most important one that has had the most impact on my life is love. You see, every single other lesson they have taught me all revolves around love. You need to love what you're doing to work hard, you need to love others to stand up for them, and you need to love yourself to be a person of good character.

My mom and dad had my brother when they were just 18 and 20 years old and had me just two years later. My mom grew up in the City of Compton with her four other siblings and my grandparents who immigrated from Mexico. My dad grew up in Mexico and came to the Unites States when he was just 15 years old. When my parents had my brother and I they knew that they had to work extremely hard to achieve their dream of buying a house in Downey where we can live and go to school. My parents did just that. When I was 2 years old and my brother was 4 we bought our home in Downey, California. 18 years later, we still live in the same home. For as long as I can remember, my parents have worked endlessly to provide my brother and I with the best childhood. My parents gave my brother and I everything we ever wanted and provided us with life necessities and more. My parents didn't make the most money but they did what they could to make sure that as children growing up we would never miss out on a thing. As a result, I have amazing memories with my family that I will always treasure.

My parents raised my brother and I to get along and value our relationship with one another and to also value the relationship we have with them. My mom is my ultimate best friend while my dad is my brother's. Throughout their entire lives my parents have made sacrifices to raise my brother and I. They had to put their own life goals on hold to raise us. My ultimate goal is to make all of their sacrifices worth it. They have always told my brother and I that they will feel their job is done once we become successful. Not successful in the amount of money we make, but successful in waking up every morning and looking forward to going to work. They never decided our career paths for us but instead told us to find our passion and pursue it.

As you can see, my brother and I were raised in a household full of love. The way we were raised has made us into the young adults we are today. I will continue to love myself and love others until I no longer can. My parents put their children before themselves and I choose to live my life everyday by putting other's lives before my own.

Ultimatley, the way I will measure my success is by the amount of people I have been able to make an impact on. Spread the love!

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