Sweet Sixteen ;)
I am grateful for parents that taught me to value myself and my standards. I was not a perfect teenager. I was a mouthy and often rude one at that. Every time my daughter talks back I think I can hear my mother in my head, "I hope you get a daughter that talks to you, JUST LIKE YOU TALK TO US!" LOL! I did! Sometimes it isn't even that funny. I wasn't always mouthy, but I had my share of bad days to say the least.
Regardless of all that, I DID listen to my parents. I did choose a road of courage and respect. I did not allow the ideas, opinions or unwise choices of others to dictate what I would do. For that I am so grateful. I had a choice, but because my parents were so open with us, talked to me so often and believed in me...I think this helped me to stand for what I truly wanted in life. Once I had an adult that I highly respected tell me that I would be making a big mistake if I just got married and became "Mrs. So and So." She didn't value marriage or men from my perspective. Today, I am grateful that even that person, whom I looked up to, worked for and had up to that point admired, was not able to sway me from what I wanted.
In a time where it is unpopular, almost peculiar, I am grateful I stood! I want to be a wife, I want to be a mother. I am an educated wife and mother, grateful for my degree. But at the end of the day, no one will convince me (though they can say it all they want) that I am worth less because I chose the path less traveled. Are you kidding??? That has made ALL the difference!
Changing the world...ONE letter at a time!