Thanks, Mom and Dad!
Growing up means slowly realizing how big a role your childhood played in who you are. It’s normal to realize how much you are like your parents — for better or for worse — but it’s also normal to realize the impact that their actions have on who you grow up to be. Sometimes those things are good… other times, they’re not.
We all have things we’d like to change about our childhood, but these people opened up about changes that could have completely altered their lives.
Helped me learn that failure was not the end of the world. My parents are nearing 80 and I (almost 52) still feel the need to hide mistakes from them. I love them, but they can be very puritanical and perfectionist. (sirdigbykittencaesar)
I wish they’d encouraged me to pursue my actual talents and interests instead of making sweeping decisions for my siblings and me. (tigerstripedlight)
My mother and father are bilingual. They speak fluent English and Afrikaans, and they only taught me the former. I would have loved to flex some bilinguality. (EndlessCookies)