Friday, April 29, 2011

They Were Right All Along

I think it must be a cosmic rule, an irrefutable truth, that at some point in your life you'll come to the realization that your parents really were right about everything. All those times they'd say, "One day you'll understand..." Yeah, that's true. And all those times they told me, "Enjoy where you are right now. When you're older, you'll wish you could go back." That's true, too. My scrawny eight year old self scoffed. My twelve year old self scoffed even more. And my fifteen year old self would've straight up committed murder to be sixteen and driving even a week before legally able.

But now, as I'm wrapping up this semester of college and faced with only one more semester after this in the undergraduate season of my life, I finally have had The Epiphany. The "They were RIGHT!" epiphany. The "How did they KNOW?!" epiphany.

Now that I'm that age I used to dream of being, I keep thinking to myself...what was I thinking? Being eight, being ten, being fifteen was awesome. Life was more laid back. When I sit down and compare the stresses in my life now to the stresses in my life then, there's simply no comparison. It's interesting to see how my focus has changed, and what I now consider to be important. Or unimportant, for that matter. Life or deaths situations as a child—do I use the blue crayon or the purple crayon? Or do I use the silver glitter pen?! AH! How do I choose just ONE?!—now seem utterly simplistic and easy to solve (I use the purple crayon, duh.). Things that bothered me or stressed me out in high school—OMG I have to actually present my project to the whole class?!—now aren't monumental at all (Okay, I'm still not thrilled with presentations. But I can totally do them).

It may seem too little too late, having this realization at nearly twenty four years of age. I mean, it's not like I can go back in time and tell my teenage self, "Hey, just shut up and listen; they really do know what they're talking about. They really were young once, too." But it's not just hindsight that The Epiphany affects, oh no.

Because the thing is, now more than ever I realize out of all the people I can ask for advice, my parents are number one on my list. Because now I realize that chances are, the troubles I'm having, the stresses, the issues, they've been there. They understand. I don't know about you, but I find this to be such a relief. Who better to advise you, share their wisdom with you, counsel you, than those who want only the best for you? That's my Mom and Dad. Sure as the sun rises, they just want what's best for me. So I can count on the fact that any advice they give me is truly going to be meant to better me. To help me.

And you know what? That's pretty cool. So cool, in fact, that I'd even tolerate a rowdy bout of "I told you so!"s from Mom and Dad.
My wonderful Mom and Dad!

8 comments:

Bennett said...

And it doesn't hurt that they're pretty cool, too. I love your parents. Just not as much as I do you ;)

Sarah said...

So true. My parents are so freakin' awesome. :)

June said...

Beautiful! I love it! It is such a privilege to have parents that you are close to, that want to be involved in your life, and that have the wisdom and foresight to steer you in the right direction. It is the relationship I hope to have with my son and one I was not fortunate enough to have as a child, etc. It is good that you are counting your blessings and that you have such 'freakin' awesome' parents:)

adhernandez said...

Love your blog and this post! :)

Samantha said...

I was in the same boat a few years ago, realizing my parents were right about (almost) everything. It's funny how I never thought I could get along with my mom, but now we are really close. We see each other about 3x a week now, compared to me hiding in my room as a teenager, that's pretty good! Haha.

Samantha
http://museuminternmusings.blogspot.com

jnana said...

Aaah, this is the bitter truth! The worst thing is that you only understand this through self-realisation! No matter how many times you tell someone to make the most of those years, it won't work until they grow up and realize it for themselves. C'est la vie...

France said...

Definitely agree with just what you stated. Your explanation was certainly the least complicated to comprehend. I usually get irked any time individuals talk about matters that they plainly don't know about. You were able to strike the nail on the head and spelled out everything without complication. Perhaps, people could get a sign.

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I think I was 19 before I realized that my parents actually knew everything. It's quite an epiphany, isn't it? Did you tell them? My mom laughed at me the day I told her she was right!
Ava