Reflecting on how I have become an adult requires a jaunt down memory lane. As my journey began, I saw many of the same faces of important people who are still in my daily life. Fortunately, I’ve been able to live in the same house my entire life with my siblings and parents. Not only have I had that stability, but many of my closest friends have also experienced the same. This foundation provided me with a caring, loving, and supporting network as I ventured into my adulthood.My life hasn’t been the perfect fairytale adventure; in fact, it is those challenging moments and times that truly define who I have become. My family owned a business for 16 years, keeping my parents, two siblings and I at a comfortable place in our lives financially. When the economy crashed, the business went under, leaving my family in extreme financial hardship. My parents concentrated on maintaining important parts of our lives. They focused on keeping the house, making sure my siblings and I were able to participate in the activities we loved, and giving us a supportive environment. After the loss of a business our lives had revolved around for so long, my parents never let us know the extent of the burden they faced. Determined not to let their business failure define them, they immediately started searching for new jobs. My mom switched her career focus and is now fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a schoolteacher. My dad leveraged his experience into obtaining a successful sales executive position. They are now both at a stable place in their work, with promising futures. I gained a new profound respect for my parents after seeing how they dealt with the hardships and stress they had gone through. Having those core influences in my life has taught me the responsible, adult way of dealing with failure.
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