My relationship with my parents
I really value my relationship with my parents. The role of my parents and my siblings in my life can hardly be overstated. To begin with, I must say that my parents have always supported me. Their opinion has always played an important role in the decision-making process. Whenever I had a problematic situation in the course of my life, I necessarily talked to my parents about a problem that generated a seemingly intractable dilemma. I can talk to my dad about almost anything. When I was in high school, and really all the way through college, my parents gave me valuable advice about what men to date, what classes to take, and what clothes to wear. I was always taught something. I can’t say I necessarily followed their advice. The main source I always refer to when I have to make an important decision is my own brain. I believe I am smart enough as well as experienced enough to make my own decisions. However, it is always important to consult with my parents, simply because they may give me a different perspective that I would never have thought of on my own. While their opinion may not be exactly what I’m looking for at a particular time in my life, their input is extremely valuable. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes when I’m in a really complicated situation and I feel like I know the answer to a question that’s been bothering me, I go talk to my parents anyway. Most of the time I’m pretty sure I won’t take their advice and that my own decision will be what I end up making, but it’s important to me that my parents hear my story and contribute to my decision. In other words, there are times when I need someone to talk to. My parents and my siblings are the only people I will cast for this role.
My parents and siblings give me great moral support in difficult times. However, the role of these people in my life is not limited to comforting me when I cannot find a way out of a difficult situation. My relationship with my brother and sister is a little different. Of course, my brother and sister support me a lot in almost every situation and I’m sure they are the people I can count on in case I have a dilemma to deal with. However, there was always a huge competition between us in the family. It has always been vital for me to outperform my siblings in almost every aspect of life. When I was in high school, I felt like I had to get better grades in all the classes we took together. When it came time to choose a university to apply to, I always needed to know which schools my brother and sister were applying to so I could apply to a better one. This extreme desire to be the best in the family has always dominated my personality. At this point, I can’t say for sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes it happened that I excelled at something, and that gave me great satisfaction. Other times I would suffer a significant failure and it would just completely devastate me. However, now that I can look back over my entire life and consciously appreciate everything I’ve ever done, I can confidently say that I wouldn’t have accomplished most of the things I’ve ever done in my life if I didn’t have my brothers and sisters. They were the source of my energy and my drive that motivated and inspired me to persevere and carry on even when the situation was bleak and hopeless. My brother and sister are the people I have to thank for almost everything I have achieved in my life. I didn’t realize it when I was younger. Now I can clearly see their role in my life.