As the pampered one in my family, If I had ever left mom, dad and sister for more than few weeks that was only to get more pampered in my native. Not so proud to say that I was super pampered but yeah! It was fun.
Woke up in a zen mode today and was thinking how far have I come? From a girl who innocently roamed around in a small town to a woman who has been independent enough in exploring unknown places. Yes, that's a good change I see in myself.
My biggest strength, family and friends. Family my lifeline and few selfless friends who wish for our happiness and nothing else. I'm blessed to have a family which gave me my space. They never forced things up on me and raised me not to be dependent. Those were the days when mom went out to work. When both the parents are working, you are forced to be independent I guess, at least this was the case at my home.
My sister and I, cursed ourselves when dad woke us up early in the morning and made us run to car driving lessons. When mom made us do our own dishes and the basic laundry. Also, can't forget those days when I and my sister wanted more pampering from my grandparents who were happy if we bunked school for a day or two but we were asked not to cheat on our commitments. Today, I sit miles away from my home and thank them for making me independent.
The distance is thousands of miles between Me, parents and sister but the values they gave us stay very close to my heart. As a child we learn what we see. Whatever community services I'm involved in today, is just because I saw dad helping many of his students who were in need, mom worked hard in the day and still managed to donate blood post her working hours for the needy. My sister helped orphanages and old age homes. My whole satisfaction of giving back to the society has come from what I saw in my family.
Like dad always said- Though distance is not good, it's the best teacher. He always wanted me and my sister to get out and explore. That's what we are doing now. Working hard, partying harder, following our dreams and passion.
"To live is to learn, and to learn is to live. Live. Learn."
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