I love my parents. I believe everyone loves their parents. Parents have this divine ability to give without expecting to get back. They give because we are their sons or daughters, as simple as that. They gave me and still are giving me so much that I would never be able to pay back for everything they have done for me. I will always respect them, be grateful, and do as much as I can to make them proud. One of the Ten Commandments is “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you”. Respect your parents and you will live longer because you will be an example to your children; they will take care of you when you cannot take care of yourself because they saw you do the same thing for your parents.
I have struggled with the feeling of owing my life to my parents to the degree I thought I should do what they expect me to do. I have always been the kind of kid who pleases everyone to avoid disappointments. I ended up making a life changing decision that was supposed to affect the next eight years of my life.
During my university years I was involved in a special “project”, which was expected of me. However, after completing my degree, I also decided to finish with the “project”. At that time, I was trying to please everyone around me and make them proud, while forgetting that it is me who would need to live with the consequences. The people’s excitement will cease at some point but I will have to keep doing whatever I took on myself. With that realization in mind, it hit me – I cannot live up to people’s expectations and dreams. The worst thing I could do is to be miserable due to trying to please them. At the end of the day, I would end up resenting myself and those who imposed their ideas on me.
Looking back, I am happy I went to study because I had the opportunity and time to learn this lesson. Another thing I learned was that the BEST thing I can do for my parents is to be happy and do my thing; every parent wants to see his child happy and fulfilled.
It was hard to change the course of my life and start paving my way. I had to break some hearts along the way, but it was worth it. Three years since then I am in the best place I have ever been in my life and my parents can see that. The ONE PRINCIPLE for happiness proved itself again.
I keep living by this principle every moment of my life. Based on my experience, it works every single time.
Following TheHeartWay is the only way.
With Peace, Love & Hope,