By Olivia Gardner, Regular ContributorNovember 29, 2015
“This is your kingdom,
This is your crown,
This is your story,
This is your moment,
Don’t look down.
You’re ready, born ready
And all you gotta do is put one foot in front of you
Our ceiling is your floor…”
-Daughter by Sleeping At Last
image via michelephoneix.com
I don’t think parents are thanked enough. Parents give us life and a foundation; they teach us lessons they’ve learned in the hopes that we’ll make something better out of it. Parents celebrate and take pride in everything their children do. Parents do their best to give their children the best they can, so that they can have dreams and go out and accomplish what they see is valuable. Parents sacrifice and selflessly give to their children, yet mothers and fathers often don’t get enough praise. Parents nurture and support and raise children up to eventually have the independence to make their mark on the world.
As my senior year is flying by I’ve been thinking about my parents a lot. I realize that in one year I will not be living in the house that has been my home for seventeen years. I won’t be coming home to their faces everyday. There won’t be anymore family TV shows to watch all together or cooking dinner or dessert together when we feel like it.
As much as the tears flow from my eyes when I begin to agonize over it, I realize that I’m ready to face this world because of what my parents have taught me.
From my parents, I have learned right from wrong, communication when things go wrong, how to have fun at anytime, to laugh even when upset, to take care of myself first so I can be of more service for others, to be there for family even when family isn’t the best, to always have friends that you can count on and consider family, to always make extra food, to have FAT Friday to celebrate the end of the week, to just try it if it’s something you’re passionate about, to listen to music and dance, and, of course, to love above all. So, Mommy and Daddy thank you for what you have taught me and will continue to teach. I appreciate everything you do. I’m ready.
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Olivia is a senior in high school from Colorado. She's involved with cross-country and is one of the captains for the girls' team. Sci-Tech also plays a big role in her life. She enjoys doing puzzles, yoga, and finding inspiring stories anywhere about people making the world a better place. She finds peace in cooking and baking because she can just satisfy her taste buds. She's always up for the moments when she can just blast some music and dance and sing with no cares or worries in the world. She loves life and loves the moments when she is able to relax and enjoy it for a little bit. Her blog about life and inspirations is https://lalalifelove.wordpress.com/.
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