working hard or hardly working

Megan - White House, Tennessee
Entered on December 3, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: work
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Growing up I always wanted the tings that my friends had. I wanted to be popular, I wanted to be liked by everyone, and most of all I wanted to fit in. I thought that having the thing that other people had or better things than other people had was what was going to make this happened. But as I grew I realized that the things you have are not what make you who you are. I have come to learn that it’s the things that you have worked for that make me who you are and being who you are is what makes you liked or for you to fit in. I may not be popular to other people but to myself I have everything I have ever wanted.

My Family was not the wealthiest family in the world though I thought that we were. I though we had the money to buy me the world, but that all came to a stop with a reality check when I was twelve. My dad left home. I didn’t know why at the exact moment but as the separation and divorce of my parents proceeded I realized that my dad left because of the lying my mom had done about credit cards and debt. I then realized that if I wanted to be better than my parents or even have some of the same things my friends had, such as an Ipod, a car, or even the ability to go out to dinner and a movie, I was going to have to work for them.

I started working when I was sixteen and have held a steady job for the past couple of years. Though my parents would try to hand me money every now and then I would not like to take it. I realized that I enjoyed working for the things I wanted or even needed. Most kids are given a car for their sixteenth birthday but I worked for my car and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I take care of my vehicle and make sure everything is okay; Most kids that I went to school with would not care about that kind of stuff because their parents would just pay to have it fixed.

Even though I have friends and know people who have been handed things their whole life, I believe that I appreciate thins that aren’t materialistic such as food a whole lot more because I have had to work for the things I wanted or needed instead of being handed them. I believe that nothing should be handed to you for the best things in life and the ones working for. I believe the things that I worked for in life are the better things I have; Even if the price tag doesn’t show them. For example, cowboy boots, my class ring, and my endless closet of clothes that not all had to come from one of the name brand stores.