6 thoughts on “Family

  1. I believe that family is one of the most important things out there, and you never truly realize how much you need them in your life until they are gone. Unfortunately, I had to learn this lesson the hard way. I had become really close with my grandfather during my later teenage years and have just become to start opening up to him and sharing new things. He would “babysit” me every Saturday with my grandma and that was basically my whole childhood and he became a huge part in my life as he had helped to raise me to become the person that I am today. And in the summer before my senior year of high school, he had so unexpectedly passed of a heart attack just four days after seeing him last. How unexpected it was to have felt he had been ripped from my life just as he and I were getting closer, after walking and talking on the beach a few days before his death and coming up with the most basic handshake there is. If there’s one thing I learned from this tragedy, is to never take advantage of the people in your life that truly love and care about you and to realize just how important I believe that family can be in your life. Cherish it.

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    • Dear Halle, thank you for sharing and I’m sorry for your loss. As I get older, I realize how much my family has formed the core of my being, so I agree, that our families, the ones we are born to or the ones we create, center us.

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    • I relate very closely to you. I would spent many days being watched by my grandparents and when I almost lost my grandfather to complications with a heart attack, it really taught me that I should be more appreciative with the time I have with family.

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      • I am so sorry for your loss. I too can relate to the sudden loss of a loved one who I also cherished greatly. After a family member of mine had died, I began to look at my family with wider eyes. With the family that I still have, I try my best to enjoy every moment with them. My relationship with my family is definitely the most important thing to me. I truly do not know who I would be without them.

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  2. Defining the driving force in one’s life requires deep reflection. Many different things can influence the person that we define ourselves as, but for me, upon much thought, I find that my family is what pushes me beyond what I would define as my constraints.
    I come from a family of immigrants, predominantly Portuguese, and I am very proud of it. Although my grandparents were, and are illiterate, I have learned so much from them beyond what would never be written or read. Coming to a foreign country in hopes of giving their families a better life, both sets of my grandparents worked strenuous jobs to be able to provide. Moving forward, my mother and father, were raised with farless than I have, but they were able to become very successful. With that success, they always provided me with everything I could ever want, leaving me to yearn for nothing. From that, I learned to do the same for myself and my family in the future.
    From my family I learned the importance of hard work and dedication. Nothing drives me to success more than the concept of making my parents, and grandparents proud. As I begin my journey as a nursing student, I am ready to accept all the adversities that will most definitely be thrown my way, with the many attributes that I have gained from family. Becoming a nurse is no easy task, but my goal is set, and with the understanding that I have the strength and support of my family, I will accomplish everything set in front of me.
    As I start any difficult journey ahead of my, my only aspiration is to make my family, who has always been my support system, proud.

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    • Reading your belief statement gives me such great gratitude towards you and your family for overcoming such adversarial odds and it is extremely admirable in my opinion.

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