This I Believe

lynnette - 48867, Michigan
Entered on June 8, 2006
Age Group: 30 - 50

You Can Only Depend on Yourself

Divorce was never a word in my vocabulary, but sometimes in life there are circumstances out of your control. Generally people say I am too nice, and I let people take advantage of me. With that thought in mind, I hope you enjoy my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

With little or no help from their fathers, I have always worked two or three jobs at a time just to make ends meet. Throughout the long road of raising my children alone, I often worried about what kind of people my children would grow up to be, without a father, or a mother around much, to guide them with a firm hand.

So I’m telling you one thing that I have learned from this ambitious life that I have led; I believe, “you can’t depend on anyone else: you can only depend on yourself.” I have always taught my children this among many other sayings like; treat people the way you would like them to treat you. While writing this story, I realized, even after many years of struggling, I would not change a thing in my life.

I could go on and on about how successful my children have turned out, but I am just going to say they are all decent honest people, with good standards, and high morals. They are true humanitarians that would never hurt a living soul, but would always be the first to offer help.

I am not saying I didn’t have a lot of support in my life. I have wonderful parents, great friends and family, who without, I surely could not have raised these three children so well, on my own. I am just saying sometimes it feels good to depend on yourself, instead of depending on others. Sometimes it is more than just gratifying to depend on yourself. With time it is also dignifying.