Appreciating Your Parents & What They’ve Taught You

Growing up, and especially as a teenager, I never took the time to realize that my parents were constantly teaching me life lessons. As a young adult, I’ve started to appreciate them a lot more. The things that I always thought didn’t matter seem to be significantly important now. From the small things, like the basics of cooking, to something as big as learning to offer my seat to a pregnant woman on public transit. There is so much that I am truly thankful for and I owe a huge part of it to my parents.

Let’s start with the curfew that our parents set for us. Of course, it was for our safety, but it also meant a lot more. Having a curfew taught us discipline. If we weren’t home by a certain time, there were consequences. At the time, all of these rules seemed annoying but in the bigger scheme of things, they taught us a lesson.

I am so thankful that my parents would ask me to help make meals for our family. Something as easy as boiling pasta would have been a challenge for me if they hadn’t pushed me to learn. Living away from them makes me appreciate them even more. There are little things that my parents have taught me that have made such an impact on my life.

One thing that I think is the most important lesson I’ve learned is how to treat others. My parents are the kindest, most loving, strong-willed people on this earth. I’ve watched them as I’ve grown up and they have always been helpful in every way when it comes to others. My parents are the first ones to offer a hand or volunteer to bring something or pick someone up. They will go out of their way for anyone they care about.

My siblings and I all played competitive sports and sports at school. Although both parents worked full-time they made it a mission to always have at least one of them come out and cheer us on.

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When my brother’s hockey team made it to their provincial tournament, my dad drove two hours to support him. When my brother and I were in our high school play our parents came to both performance nights. When my sister made it to her regional basketball finals, my parents were in the front row and when I had my provincial tournament nine hours away there was no hesitation to make the trip. There is nothing my parents wouldn’t do to support us. This consistent support is something that I never thought of until I came to college. Even now, just a few weeks ago my parents drove over an hour to watch me compete in a dragon boat race. I am twenty years old and they still won’t miss anything special in my life.

The lesson I’ve learned is to appreciate what you have. This goes for anything your parents do for you. I don’t know many parents who will drop everything to cheer on their kids. They have sacrificed days at work and money they could’ve been making just to support us. The feeling of knowing you have constant support at all times is something that I will never take for granted. This is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life.

As cheesy as it may sound I’ve learned a lot more about what I look for in a partner and how I want to be treated in a relationship. When I see my parents interact, I pick out the things I like and the things I don’t. It has given me a perspective on the qualities and vices of people.

These are all things that you don’t think about daily but they are things that have a large impact on your mindset and how you live your life.

Take a step back one day and ask yourself what your parents have taught you and you’ll realize how much you took and probably still take for granted.