What I Learned From My Family Essay

825 Words Sep 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Family is one of the biggest influences one can have in their lives whether it is for the good or the bad. What I believe, how I think, and who I am is a collection of what I have either accepted or rejected from my family. I think it is often easy to accept family traditions and values simply because it is “what’s always been done”. My mom taught me that the most important person to listen to was myself when it came to determining what was right and wrong. I think that this made it more difficult to find my beliefs, but I have also learned that my beliefs should grow and change with me. Both my own experiences and the experiences of my family members shaped my path and my values. One of the most important things I learned from watching my family is how hard it is to overcome your circumstances. Many people bear the burdens of things like abuse, depression, disabilities, poverty, addictions, or sexual assault every day of their lives. Often, these things determine the kind of life a person will live. Often, when people find themselves in a low positionality, it is hard for them to escape because they are not given the means to do so. I have learned from them that overcoming circumstance does not necessarily mean getting rid of it, but using it to better oneself.
One of the most difficult things for me to overcome was negative family influence. My family’s culture is strongly based off of southern beliefs and traditions. While part of that southern tradition has defined a…

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