I have been blessed to have parents who have afforded me some of the more important luxuries of life. I always had a roof over my head & a plate of food on the table morning noon and night. I had clothes to cover me and shoes on my feet. I was afforded the opportunity to graduate from college and choose the career I felt led to. I know that I am one of the lucky ones. I might not have had as much as those around me growing up but I know now that my parents gave me something far more valuable.
Growing up we were comfortable but i knew my parents struggled. They didn’t have big office jobs in the city where they sat behind a desk punching in numbers not affecting anyone and just earning a paycheck.My parents didn’t really have that choice. Neither one of them holds more than a high school diploma. But even though they may not have had the most glamorous job in the world they definitely used it to make an impact.
Both of my parents were Meals on Wheels delivery people for as long as i can remember. And every summer it became a family job. My father and I would take one route and my mother and sister would do another. It was an exhuasting but rewarding experience, to see the smiles on the peoples faces when you ring their doorbell. They knew that you were there to see them, that you were happy to see them and you enjoyed spending time with them. I’ve always admired what my parents did because it always seemed like such a humble job, but I realize now that I admire them for something more…
My mom and dad taught me that life is more important than living for just myself. I saw the dedication, care and compassion they put into their work. To them it wasn’t a job, because everyday they were able to visit with friends have a laugh and just enjoy each other’s company if only for a little while. They allowed me to see how fulfilling life can be when you focus on what really matters: taking care of your fellow human. They may have earned a meager salary but i know that their lives were made fuller during that time than any six figure salary could ever give them.
My mom always told me I could be anything I want to be, I can do anything I put my mind to. And I believe that. And what I want more than anything in this world is to change the world even if its one person at a time. I want to make a difference in someone else’s life just like my parents did even if it was in the smallest simplest way of just being a friend to someone who had no one else.
So I know that they won’t read this, but thanks mom and dad. I’m gonna make you proud one day. I’m on my way to changing the world 🙂