Bob Dirt

Bob Dirt

A letter seems like something so insignificant as a way to thank my parents for where they have gotten me today, but I will continue to write this letter and as many letters as I possibly can in order thank them for my accomplishments. So, here it goes.

My mom and dad aren't just any ordinary parents, I'm sure lots of kids think that about their mom or dad. But my parents taught me to be far from ordinary, how can you stand out in this world if you are just well, ordinary? It's as simple as this. You can't.

Although I was involved in many ordinary high school events like sports, student council and teams, that still didn't make me ordinary. I never would have been part of that social aspect at my school if it wasn't for my parents. I wouldn't have had the courage to be the only girl on the football team even though I am only 5'2, or I would't have had the courage to compete for Minister of the Environment. They were always willing to come to my sports games, or drive me to special events or pick me up late after school. But the one thing that kept from almost joining all those different things was my mental disability.

My disability is hardly noticeable to anyone, except really myself. I always felt ashamed of myself for being dumb compared to my two older sisters. I held a grudge to my parents for a long time because I was angry that they did not understand what it was like to be me. They didn't understand what it was like to be different. As my parents continued to encourage me everyday to just try my best and that reassuring me that it's okay to be different I realized that they were right. I tried so hard to fit in with my peers, not by dressing like them or acting like them, but trying to be as smart as them. As I went to my classes I looked around at my fellow classmates. I thought to myself 'but how are they different?' and the truth is, they aren't. I felt bad for the people in my classes, hardly anything stood out about them because they were all so average. My parents pushed me to be different, even though I already was. I had a mental disability yet they believed in me to pursue my education in advanced classes, they pushed me to reach for my dream and apply to university, not only that but without their belief in me I would most definitely not be attending the University of Waterloo in the fall.

I could go on and on about everything my parents have done for me. But I'm not trying to brag about how lucky I am to be their daughter. Although I am going to brag about the most important lesson I believe someone can ever learn in life from their parents. The lesson is that everyone wants to just fit in which makes it seem okay to be ordinary, but why be ordinary when you can extraordinary.