Inheritance And Our Role As Parents.
“You’re only 27 you just being you/
“You’re your father’s child, man, thank God you got some me in you” – Drake (You & The 6)
Over the last year, I noticed I’ve been singing the same songs while praying.
These were the same songs my Father would sing during family devotions.
My Father’s been dead for almost 4 years. We haven’t had these devotions for almost 5.
What’s funny is how I sing them in the exact sequence without missing a beat.
Someone reading this right now might think “Oh, he feels that way because he had a great relationship with his father.“
Well, I don’t have anything to say to that, except there’s a lot you can pass down to your children aside genetics and money. And most of these things are subtle.
Your children spend most of their lives watching you.
If you are a great parent or some kind of titan or uber successful individual, they spend their whole lives trying to beat your records.
If you are a bad parent, or probably a good parent who made costly mistakes, they spend their whole lives trying to avoid it.
Someone said this once, “I’m sorry I only talk about money, investing and finances all the time. I’ve seen so much poverty. That’s the only way I can deal with the trauma.“
And just to add, these lyrics from Older by Sasha Sloane shows how much we pick up from our parents.
Some of it is untreated trauma we end up carrying throughout life.
Of course, it’s easy to criticise whoever’s driving from the passenger seat.
Kids grow up and see what life was like from their parents’ perspective.
But it’s clear, every single choice we make as parents ripples across generations.
I know I’m not even a parent yet, but I’ve got 5 siblings who look up to me and telegraph my every move.
I’ve got peers who see me as some sort of shining light in their lives.
I’m also personally motivated to keep pushing myself to the farthest limits of my abilities.
All of these is enough fuel to constantly try to be better and do better.
I have no idea who you are reading this, but whoever you are, I hope you too try to be better and do better… Every. Single. Day.
If not for anyone, at least for yourself.
If not for yourself, then for those coming after you.