My story is about my experiences growing up, specifically about how constantly having to move schools and houses affected me. The reason why I constantly moved was because of my parent’s job to “flip” houses which is essentially buying a cheap, somewhat-broken-down house, renovating it, and them seelling it for more. For along time, I would mainly focus of the negative aspects that moving had on me. Because I moved so much, I wasn’t able to make long term friendships, I wouldn’t be comfortable going outside since I didn’t know the area, and in some cases, I had moved in the middle of a school year so I would be behind in what I was supposed to learn in a given year due to the difference in school teaching systems. I was always the “new kid” and I feel like I became more shy, quiet, and introverted. I would usually spend my time at home and studying what I missed so that I don’t fall too behind. When I was youner, we owned a lot of pets, and sometimes the constant travelling wasn’t good for them either.
Although there were a lot negatives that I experienced because of my parent’s choice of work, but I only needed to look to the positives that came with it. At some point during middle school, I finally stayed in an area for about 6 years. This is pretty long considering that I usually stay at an area for about 2-3 years. So, because of that time, I was able to create a strong bond with a group of friends and get to know the area and the people more. From talking to them of my experiences moving, they helped me see the brighter side of the situation by reminding me that some people would love to move a lot rather than stay in the same area for the majority of their life. I also learned that I was able to experience different “cultures” since not all people in different areas act the same. I also found that I learned more of what there was in California since I mainly moved within California. I overall learned that I should see the positive sides of occurrences that formed my life because they made me into the person I am today. Without those experiences, I wouldn’t have been opened to various situations that influence my way of thought now.