Today is my birthday.
I wanted to take a moment to look back and see how far I’ve come. Starting in high school, I remember being a “failure”. I used to be addicted to video games and my grades starting to become really bad. It reached a point where my teacher looked my parents dead in their eyes and told them I wouldn’t be able to go in any university with these grades. I saw my own mother having tears, being disappointed and angry at me.
After that day, my whole life changed. I’ve reduced my time spent on video games and started studying. My last two years of high school, I became the first of my class and were able to start studying computer science in university. After I obtained my Master’s degree, my parents told me that some family members thought early one that I would end up being a failure and start drug dealing. They assumed this because I was a shy kid who wasn’t as clever as the other ones.
So when I hear people complaining or being negative about a situation, that makes me laugh. Because even when my own family didn’t believe in me, I found a way to make it happen. I didn’t make for them though, I made it so I can make my mother proud and never see that same look of disappointment I experienced 10 years ago.