This I Believe

Aaron - State College, Pennsylvania
Entered on April 30, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family

I believe that family is more valuable than anything in life. Personally, without my parents, sisters, and brother I would probably be face down in a ditch. Not really, but without them I would certainly be lost. I call home at least once a week to talk with family for different reasons, including help on schoolwork, job advice, asking how long to bake lasagna, and of course for money. When I think about my life, and how I was able to get where I am, I know it would not have been possible without the love and support of my family.

A family is group that always makes time for one another. Family is there to congratulate when success is achieved and is there to comfort when failure occurs. Family is always there, for the good and the bad.

Although I am still young, about 99% of what I have learned in life is credited to my family. Part of what I have learned is that when things are going great they are the first ones to call or the first ones to give a hug, but more importantly, no matter how bad things get, or no matter how badly I mess up, my family is always there to watch my back.

Having sibling’s makes me think before I act. I know that they look up to me and it is important to me to set a good example. The idea that I must be a good role model guides my everyday behavior and the way I think. This has made me a better person and making my parents proud is always a good feeling too. As an example, my thirteen-year-old brother is one of my best friends and when he comes up to Penn State to visit, I know he is too young to be around everything that goes on in the college life. This is a time when I rid the apartment of some mischief college activities, and I make sure my roommates know there are not going to be any parties that weekend. Instead I typically stay at home with him and do some brotherly stuff, like video games. I know that his friendship and support is more important than a night of partying.

The importance of family is more valuable than anything money could buy. Knowing that the support of a family is present, anything is attainable.