When prompted with answering, “who has been a source of support in my life,” well, the answer is easy: my parents. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if wasn’t for them.
While it’s an easy answer to come to, things weren’t always easy growing up when it came to school. When I was going through school and having all these learning disabilities, we didn’t always see eye to eye. I know now they were trying to help me and do the best they could in supporting me and also allow me to learn to handle some difficulties on my own.
Still, I don’t know how many fights we got into over the years growing up. Over homework, studying for tests and everything else that had to do with school. They would ask me if I had homework or needed anything and while they were very supportive and willing, I got sick and tired of having them help me study. It would take forever for me to remember the information and take in all the material as well which didn't help. At the time, I hated school and I thought that I was stupid so I figured what’s the point.
After awhile, I got sick of it and when the same questions would come around, I just gave up or lied and said it was done or I didn’t have any work to do. After a while, I’m sure they realized that I wasn’t always telling the truth, but I didn’t care. That attitude almost kept me from graduating, but I ended up passing and just making it through school.
Looking back now, I am very grateful and feel lucky for their help, even when I was being selfish. I smile now when looking back at all of the fights, the arguing, and the tears on my end that erupted almost every morning before I went to school. I realize now, my parents were giving up their time and making an effort to help me.
I have always wanted to make them proud. I have a great family, amazing sisters. I'm the baby brother. I have a huge family and I’m loved by so many, I don’t deserve it but I know how blessed and lucky I am. I don’t take that for granted anymore. I want to make them proud.
If you have parents to help and support you, be grateful for them, even though I know it’s not always easy and you will have some good days and bad days. Strive to see their point of view and realize they only want the best for you, just like I do. Keep working hard and keep kicking butt every day. On those days you don’t want to do it for yourself, try to remember to do it for the friends and family who are always there for you.
Peter A. Harrower is the author of The World Through My Dyslexic Eyes, Battling Learning Disabilities Depression and Finding Purpose. You can read more about Peter and his journey at PeterHarrower.com.
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