Honoring My Family

Kanisha - Hampton, Virginia
Entered on April 26, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family
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To me, family is the most important people in a person’s life because at the end of the day when I have no one else in my life, I still have my family. Family is something that makes me whole and makes me into the person that I am. Behind every good person, there is a good family. My family has sacrificed a lot for me so that I can live out all of my dreams and become successful in life. Something that I want to give them in return is doing well in life and making them proud of me. My credo is to honor my family by making a commitment to them by achieving academically and finishing college.

By honoring I mean using the knowledge that they have taught me and using it for the good. My mother and grandmother would always say that education is the most important thing in life. They all wanted to instill the importance of being successful in me. I have seen the outcomes of everyone’s mistakes and failures in my family and I am going to do my best to learn from their mistakes and do better. I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college. I plan on getting my Bachelor’s degree in management, then immediately getting my Masters, and opening up my own businesses. That is my plan and I am going to follow through with it fully and I refuse to disappoint myself and family.

Not only do I want to give back to my family but one day I hope to give back and show leadership by being a role model to a lot of different people. I want to show and encourage people that you can come from nothing and still become successful in life. I want to be a voice of encouragement in the same way that my family was to me. I want to give back and do different things, like organizations for people in certain situations that I was in. I feel that this is important because it can possibly one day change someone’s life. I know a lot of people growing up that did not get to live out their dreams because they did not have that type of encouragement from their families. I want to show people how you can look at a bad situation, learn from it, and make it a good situation for yourself. I also want to show people that not coming from a lot of success does not mean that you cannot use that as a way to guide your own life. If it was not for the mistakes that my family have made, I may not look at life the way that I do now.

I look at some of the things my family wishes that they could have done in the past for their own life and I do those things myself because that is my way of honoring them. I feel like I am in the center and everyone is counting on me and depending on me to do well and become successful. I believe that when people look at me or admire my accomplishments, they are looking at my family. I feel that I am a reflection of good upbringing and good encouragement from my family. I feel that I can never take the credit alone for my accomplishments. When I finish school, become successful, and live out my other dreams I will always know who to owe my success to.