What surprised me most was when I met my distant cousin, who was eighteen years old, one year older than me. I was surprised at the fact that he was an operator of a food cart which served a small variety of India food. I was stunned at the time and dedication this young teenager was putting into helping support his family. When I asked him if he was going to school, he replied no, he had dropped out a while ago to join the family business and help support his family. Talking to my cousin’s parents, I was shocked to hear how they wished they had raised their son up in America. They expanded by telling me of how different the living conditions and education opportunities would be in America than those they were currently living in.
This memorable conversation actually changed my outlook on my everyday life. I started developing further personally. I became more self-aware about myself by not taking my education as granted and not always expecting the best. As I’ve developed, I became familiar with failure many times but that is what motivates me to try harder and as I have seen it always pays off. Looking at my distant relatives as influence, I try to get used to the constant change in life, and always worked hard to overcome the many obstacles that may come in the way of my success whether it be education problems or conjugal affairs. From this, I’ve learned to deal with what I have and make the best of it. Trying to make the best from what I have will ultimately make a difference amongst the community and maybe even the world to help better myself but more importantly others.