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Your parents’ dreams are yours

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” Romans 5:5

We have heard this story told time and again. It was my parents’ dream and not my own to live. When I was growing up, my mother told me I had to excel at everything I did, it was required of me. I thought I had to do it. Children aim to please and if we are not careful, we end up raising them into thinking our dreams far are more important than theirs. This is a common mistake made by parents, regardless of culture and race. The children are asked to follow their parents’ footsteps, setting aside their own dreams. This is a mistake I learned to fix later on in life.

Every person has the right to choose the path they want to take in life. If one chooses to live someone else is dream, one ends up lost and burdened. Growing up, a lot was expected of me, excellence was a must and it became a requirement. I cried when my grades were lower than 90, I was sure to get a beating when I got home. I was sure to receive verbal bombardment, to be told I was better than that. To be told repeatedly that they never dreamed of having a child who did not perform. I later on realized that I could not please everyone, I learned to voice out my opinion.

I learned to find my voice. I had to make a choice. I learned that my dreams and wants were important too. It is a mistake to work so hard for others, neglecting your own person, not knowing what you want. We must learn to do things for ourselves, not for others.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by rainbowexpress2013

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