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If You Could Go Back in Time

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Kendy S. Sumlin
Mrs. Nettles
English 0090
29 June 2014 Three advice I would give myself if I can go back in time

Time is something most people don’t have much of these days. Time passes by so fast! People end-up making decisions that at the end, changes their lives. If I had the chance to visit myself back in time, it would be at sixteen years old. Teenagers think they know it all, just like I use to think. I’ve noticed that time is short, and my decisions affected my future. I would choose to visit myself at my house, sitting on the couch, when I would start talking to myself; advising myself on topics that impact life. If I would could have heard myself, my outcome would be different. At this age I started looking for advice, and unfortunately I didn’t find any. I would advise myself to first get a solid education, give myself time to find that special person, and lastly, not hold resentment.
First advice would be to get a solid education. When I was sixteen, my dad gave a car to my older sister for her birthday. We both went to the same high school. My sister would skip school all the time, but hated to go by herself. She would take me on ride along with her. I really thought she was cool and anything she did was great. I looked up to her because she would do things that I was never allowed to do. Things took a turn when I became a young adult. Since I didn’t finish school, I ended up getting a low paying job. It is very hard to live on minimum wage when you have a family. Looking for jobs became a day to day struggle. When I was interview by potential employers, I was always asked the same questions regarding education. Little did I know that leaving school was such a big deal for my future. I never thought that those decisions would follow me until this past year when I decided to finish school and all the things that I had to go through for me to sit here in college now.

Second advice would be to wait for that special person. I met an amazing guy at a young age. When we met things were going so great. I introduced him to my parents, but shortly we were encouraged to get married. We did not even have any time to date, nor to get to know this relationship. In a short time after my marriage, I had my first child. I was overjoyed and flabbergasted. But little did I know of the many responsibility of having a child. Knowing that a little life was in my hands was overwhelming but at the same time was amazing. Having a minimum wage job was not easy because I also had to take care of a child by myself due to getting married so quickly, got divorce shortly after my daughter was born. There were many nights that I just wanted a break, but I knew I could not have one because of my responsibility of taking care of my baby .Therefore, I would advise myself to take enough time to get to know someone.
Third, I would advise myself not to hold resentment. I grew up believing that expressing myself was not allowed. I felt frustrated, full of anger, and stressed. I never had the chance to talk to my parents because they were always doing their own thing. They were never home because they were always working. I was always alone in the house when I was younger. My sister had already married, so my days of hanging out were over. My mom put me in after school programs that ended so late in the evening. I remember one day my parents forgot to pick me up, and when I got home my parents were not there. I thought they were not even interested in looking for me. I grew up with resentment towards my parents. The feeling of abandonment is what I felt for so many years but never sat down to talk to them. As an adult I began to reflect a lot about what I felt. I started looking back and realized that my parents was always working to be able to provide us a better life for us. When my parents came to this country, my sister and I were left with our grandmother back in Nicaragua. I did not know that my parents lived in a car for the first two years in the United States and had two full time jobs to save enough money to buy a home and to bring us here. Being undocumented in this great country is hard and took a great sacrifice from them to bring us here. Once we were here, they kept working harder to keep us under a roof, and to keep us safe. I finally understood of the great sacrifice they made. I wish I would have understood back then, and not had this resentment take over me. I know my parents are not perfect, but everything they did was for a purpose that I didn’t understood back then. This is a subject that I would advise myself.
In conclusion, if I revisit myself younger, I would not hesitate to advice on these topics of such importance to me. When I was younger, I thought I knew it all. I thought my decisions were right, but little did I know that all this decisions affected my future. I have mature since then, and live happy, and blessed with my family. Going back in time would be a wonderful time to tell myself of the wonderful children I have now and a great husband I finally found. Finding forgiveness changed not only my life, but it gave direction to move forward and to finally organize myself. The three advises that I would give myself are to get a solid education, give myself time to find that special person, and lastly, not hold resentment.

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