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Day 25: Family shapes who we are, but sometimes the family we create plays a bigger role in our lives than the one we were born into. Tell a story about how either of your “families” have impacted your life and your travels.
My “family” has taught me everything I know and has helped shape who I am today:
This family taught me the basics. How to make decisions and the consequences that go along with those decisions. They taught me personal finance and how to save my weekly chore money for that one big item I wanted to purchase. The taught me ethics and how to see the difference between right and wrong. They taught me to always tell the truth and to never forget to tell each other you love them. I learned how important it is to give back to others and how to be grateful for all that you have been blessed with.
This family taught me first how to camp. Specifically how to pitch a tent, cook dinner on the open fire and how to pee in the woods. They showed me that family isn’t defined by blood but by love. I learned what having younger siblings is like and how much fun loud screaming games can be. By watching them over the years I’ve learned how to be selfless, honest and patient and how to make a mean cup of coffee with a gourmet breakfast.
This family taught me to not take myself too seriously. They taught me its ok to make mistakes and taking risks are worth the pay off. They showed me how hard I can laugh and when you dont know the lyrics to a song, sing loud! I now understand the importance of a greasy pizza and a good glass of wine. They taught me loyalty and the importance of having a strong support system. I learned you can’t pick your family, they were put in my life and there they will stay!
This part of my family (the little guy) taught me that it is ok to cry and that food is meant to be fun. He showed me that miracles do happen and he reminds me how quickly we grow up and to take advantage of every opportunity while enjoying each stage of life. They showed me how deep love can go and how to roll with the punches, along with how much you can do on little sleep.