mk612165 Posted August 7, 2011 Share Posted August 7, 2011 "Why don't you just finish school, get a job, find a husband, have 2.5 kids, a dog & a white picket fence, & grow old like the rest of us...?" This was my brother's exhasperated response when i divulged my life's aspiration - to become a PA and work with the underserved communities in our area and eventually serve as a humanitarian aid worker in internationally war-torn countries plagued by civil strife. We come from a family of immigrants; our grandparents sold everything they owned to leave their small island in greece to create a better life for their 9 children, & in turn, for my brother & I. How could I be surprised by his reaction? I knew he couldn't understand my disinterest in a comfortable lifestyle. Both our grandparents & our own parents survived poverty, assimilated to a new country where they knew not that language nor the culture, in order to offer us a better life. In my brother's mind, I was undermining their sacrifice by not furthering my own economic status. What he misunderstood is that I want nothing more than to honor their suffering, their struggle. The selflessness of my grandparents' sacrifice is the motivational foundation for my need to be of service & in caring for them as they aged & eventually passed, i've truly come to see that; to feel that genuineness in them & wanting nothing more than to carry on their goodness & to continue, what I have come to understand, as their legacy. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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