Since I recently got to visit my parents, I decided to dedicate a blog post on 10 lessons I’ve learned from them. My relationship with them has definitely evolved overtime and as an adult, I definitely appreciate everything they have done for me on another level. I wouldn’t be where I am without their love and support. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from them along the way.
My relationship with my parents has been a pretty positive one for the most part. As a First-Gen Latina, I’ve had my share of struggles during different seasons of my life. Mainly during teenage years and post college due to contrasting views on my independence. As an adult, our relationship has evolved to one involving understanding, appreciation and patience. Here are 10 lessons I’ve learned from them throughout the years.
1. Be kind
One of the main lessons I’ve learned from my parents is to be kind. Honestly, they didn’t have to use their words to teach me this, they have always lived it. My mom is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met (along with her late father). I feel grateful to have such loving people in my family. I’ve witnessed them care for others and be the “bigger person” in situations because it all comes down to being kind.
2. Serve others
As business owners, my parents have achieved success because their focus has been on serving others. They genuinely care about their customers and go above and beyond for them. For example, when they learn about customers going through difficult times, my parents will go out of their way to help however they can.
My dad has taught me that being of service is one of the most valuable things in life. He shared how when you live with this intention, you simply feel better (experience more joy) and things fall into place for you too.
3. Be generous
Another lesson I’ve learned from my parents is to be generous. They’ve shown me the power in generosity. My parents know that you don’t take anything with you when your physical experience ends so they have always chosen to give what they can. By giving without expecting anything in return, I’ve witnessed them experience more blessings and abundance.
4. Work hard for your dreams
My parents are some of the most hardworking people I’ve encountered during this lifetime. My dad has a pretty powerful story. He started working around age 7 in Mexico and has gone to create a successful life for himself and his family. All of this was accomplished through hard work and dedication. I’ve learned that truly anything is possible when you work hard for it.
5. Remain humble
Going along with the previous lesson, I’ve been taught to remain humble no matter what. I remember hearing my parents say things like, “you never know how you’re going to end up” so never view yourself better than anyone. It doesn’t matter if you achieve success or monetary gains. Being humble goes a long way.
6. Save your money
Growing up, I remember my dad saved most of our household income. Although I didn’t like it at the time (because I wanted him to buy me things), I understand why he did it. After saving for years, he purchased our first house when I was still a kid. I’ve always seen him manage money wisely and this is one lesson I appreciate in a different light now that I’m an adult.
7. Education is important
Similar to many immigrant parents, my dad placed a strong value in education. Ever since I can recall, he’d say things like, “no one can take your education away from you.” Since both of my parents have a third grade education, they always did what they could to support me in obtaining an education. I appreciate that they never pushed me towards a particular path. On the contrary, my dad would tell me to choose whatever I wanted as long as I completed a degree.
8. Travel when you can
Although I didn’t grow up going on multiple family vacations, I recognize that my dad values travel. When I was in middle school he allowed me to go on class trips (to my surprise). He also paid for and allowed my sister and I to travel to Greece when I was still in college. He has told me that if you’re able to, it’s important to see the world. I took this to heart and went on solo travel adventures later on.
9. Love your parents
One of my final lessons I’ve learned from my parents is to love and respect your parents. I witnessed my mom do everything she could to support and be there for her parents until their final days. My dad did the same with his mother and is currently doing this for his father. Despite having challenging moments with his father throughout his life, my dad still respects and loves him.
10. Follow your own path
The final lesson I’ve learned is to follow your own path without looking back. My dad has taught us to not care about what other people think as long as you have positive/pure intentions. He is the one that carved his own path, dreaming BIG when no one else understood him. He chose to do his own thing ultimately leading to changing not only his life but his whole family’s.
So there you have it. 10 of my most memorable lessons I’ve learned from my parents. I’m sure other ones will come to mind the more time I spend with them but these will do for now. I hope this blog landed for you in one way or another. Can you relate to any of these lessons? Feel free to DM me on Instagram at any time. I’d love to hear from you! And make sure you sign up for my newsletter so you never miss a blog post or other things I’m up to.
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