The Importance Of My Family

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Growing up, your environment shapes the person you are going to become. Whether you learn from their mistakes or their success, those who you surround yourself with have an impact on your life. I have my family to thank for many of my traits today. They have contributed endless words of advice and have led by example for as long as I can remember. While the ways my family have shaped me are numerous, the three I am most thankful for are my individuality, responsibility, and kindness. Individuality is something that is so emphasized today, but in reality it can be hard to ignore the opinions of others and be confident in yourself. My older sister helped me reach inside of myself and discover who I really was. My sister, Emily, is quite a bit older than me.. Twenty-three years to be exact, so she was already moved out and married by the time I was born. Her house was one of my favorite places to go…show more content…
While I was growing up, he was the drummer in a band, so naturally I thought he was the coolest person on the face of the earth. Him being so much older than I was, we never fought and he was always one to offer words of encouragement and advice. Anything he told me I took to heart, and when he told me he regretted dropping out of high school and wished he focused more on his education, I really listened. He was also always quick to remind me that despite what they say, the years spent in high school are not the best years of your life, and you will have plenty of time to live it up once you are out. I went through quite a wild phase my junior and senior year of highschool, but with his help I was able to pull myself back to reality and remind myself of what was really important. I’m glad I did because my group of “friends” who I often prioritized over my family and schoolwork are now stuck with dead end jobs and a few are in jail or rehab. Without him, I would not have the sense of academic responsibility I have
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