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Remembering Where I Came From

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I think a really important thing to keep in mind for anyone else out there who has come from “rags to riches” (for lack of a better term) is to never forget where you came from. I have seen time and time again people who have made a life for themselves or their family and they let their success go to their heads, forfeiting any sort of integrity that growing up in poorer circumstances may have brought.

This is something that I promised myself that I would never allow to happen and I acknowledge the fact that everything I have worked for over these years can be gone in the blink of an eye. This helps keep me down to Earth while appreciating everything that I have worked for over the years and the person that my parents have molded me into.

Teaching The Young Ones

kidsEven though I like to give my kids a lot of the things that my parents were never able to afford for me, I make sure that I continue to teach them what it means to be modest and appreciate what they have. They have gotten close to the age where we can start talking to them about people who are in less fortunate circumstances than us and how my childhood was compared to theirs.

They are still a little young for a lot of this conversation but my wife and I wanted to start this topic early so they don’t grow up thinking they are any better than anyone else.

Talking To The Children

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Keep in mind that as I talk about my life today and how far I have come that I definitely do not spoil my children and I still teach them the values of hard work and how it pays off. Even though I will never allow them to fall under the same circumstances that I did when I was young, I still try and teach them about what it is to be grateful for what you have and how fortunate we are because not everyone ends up with a happy ending.

Sharing Stories

Unfortunately, my family never owned a camera of any sort when I was growing up so I don’t have any pictures of my old home or where I grew up to show my kids but they are getting to the age where I can start talking to them about those who are less fortunate and where I came from.

My wife and I have had a few discussions about exactly how to talk to our kids about these kinds of topics and when to do it. There are many different opinions on this topic and we did a lot of research online to get a general feel for it. Articles like The Washington Post here might have completely different information than the next so we decided to do it on our own terms when we felt like they were ready.

There really is no definite answer but I feel like it really is an important discussion to have.

Motivation For Today

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Even though times were pretty rough for my family and I when we were living in Buckfastleigh when we were, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world because it really did help shape me into the man that I am today. I didn’t realize it at the time, but having my family go through the struggles that we did was changing my attitude on life itself.

Perspective and Goals

When I reached my teenage years I started to have a better understanding of the situation that my family was in. While I was younger, most of my friends and other kids who went to my school were on the less fortunate side as well so it didn’t seem too out of the ordinary for me but once I started to grow up and see others outside of my small neighborhood I realized how bad our situation really way.

Even though we never had a lot of money and met pretty much every criteria described here to fall under the “poverty line” that isĀ  to buy luxury things like televisions or computers, we always knew that we had each other and made the best of our circumstances.

I don’t remember the exact circumstances that it happened, but there was a moment when I promised myself that I would never allow my future family to fall victim to the situations that my family had fallen into.

Stay tuned to hear more about that next.