They made me a better person
One thing that I always knew since I was young was that I wanted to have children when I grew up. I wanted to be entrusted with the well-being of my
own little children and be able to teach them everything I know. Little did I knew that they were going to be the ones teaching me all the life lessons and making me a better person along the way.
One of the biggest life lessons that I have learned from my kids Is to dream again. This might sound weird but somewhere along the line of growing up, I gave up on dreaming. I began to think that I was wasting my time dreaming of things that I might never be able to obtain. Hearing my child looking forward to the future and being excited about what he will be when he grows up reminded me of the beauty of dreaming.
When I was a kid I use to have huge dreams about the craziest things. I use to dream that one day I would be an archaeologist and that my life would be full of adventure and travel. I dreamed that I would have a house that looked like a castle and there would be a lake that went around my house.(Like I said crazy!)
Even though my dreams are not that big these days I am happy that I am able to dream again. Now I have realistic dreams and goals but It’s nice to have something beautiful to look forward to.
Apart from dreaming my children have taught me how to be fearless and have a sense of adventure. They seem to be in stages in their life where they seem unstoppable. Everything they do feels like it’s an adventure. The do things because they enjoy them and aren’t afraid or embarrassed by what people might think. They reminded me that I dont have to go very far to try new things and have an adventure and that if I live my life based on what people might say I will never really live.
Last but not least they taught me to be compassionate to others less fortunate than me. I was never the kind of person to help others before. I always felt that all people were perfectly capable of helping themselves but they just didn’t want to.
By the time I had my first child, we were caught in a really hard time economically. My husband and I both got laid off around the same time and we couldn’tt find jobs. The money we got from unemployment
compensation was not even enough to pay rent and we had nothing good to eat. My son was around 9 months at that time so we were able to get food for him through the WIC program but we didn’t qualify for welfare because we were already getting unemployment compensation. We ended up getting evicted from where we were living and ended up moving into my parent’s house.
Every time I see someone going through a hard time It reminds me about that time in our lives and how lucky we were to at least have food for my baby. I can’t help but imagine my kids going through a hard time one day and having no one to give them a hand. Then I realize that maybe thats what many people go through and it’s not so much that they didn’t try or that they were lazy but that they lost hope when they ran out of options.
My children have made me into a way better person than I ever was and even though I try my best to teach them good values, they always end up teaching me a thing or two instead.