The Union Recorder


January 23, 2013

Life's a cliché and lessons learned


When we were young the vast majority of us dismissed our parents' clichés about life. We planned to be nothing like them and we couldn't wait to be adults. However, try as we must most of those clichés are often true. In moments of reflection I considered these things. Why was I in such a hurry to grow up?

Oftentimes, even as adults, we're in such a hurry to get to the next thing. We can't wait for the journey to end, we just want the reward. I'm certainly no Tupac, I'm not foreseeing an early death but I have been giving a lot more thought to my life. I've thought about the things that I experienced and those that I never did or would. I never went to prom. It's not something I've ever regretted but now I don't know what that experience would've been like. I didn't really date in my teen years. The first serious relationship I had, I married the guy. That didn't work out. Lesson learned. I also didn't take the time to appreciate the wonderful things that has happened in my life thus far. I suppose some of those lack of experiences were good. As they say, when it comes to life, “anything goes.”

The great thing about getting older is that the older you get the more you have to reflect upon. Good and bad, you can't help but to think about many of life's moments. For example, my brother and I vowed that we'd never be a parent like our mom. She was the disciplinarian (still is). By many American standards she was very strict. That also comes from her being born and raised in Jamaica. However, now that my brother has children I see him repeating the same things she did that we vowed we'd never do. Since I have no kids (well, I am a stepmom) I am always on his case reminding him of not being too strict. I jokingly say that he doesn't want to have my niece turn out like me. While there are specific instances where we truly are our own person, it is only natural to become the type of parent out parents were. After all, “the acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree.”

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