Untangling the parental effect

For the majority of my life (at least 32 years or so), I lived a life that I thought I wanted. It was only when I started to feel unhappy about my life and question why I felt like that, that I began to realise that the life that I thought I wanted was actually a life that my parents had painted for me instead of me actually figuring out who I was. It was huge for me to make the conscious choice to step away from the religion that I had grown up in and actually begin to take responsibility for what I wanted to do…. and let’s just say that when I announced this to my parents, they were not happy with me. In fact, the way we dealt with it was not to speak about it at all and pretend everything was ok, with the occasional passive…

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Seeing your pets in a new light

As I was growing up, I never had a pet because my parents never liked them and thought they were “dirty”. I always loved dogs though and would be found playing with the pets of my relatives whenever I would go to their house and visit them! For many of us, we have a pet because they are fantastic companions. There’s just something about having a pet in the household that helps ease a bit of stress, brings in that little bit of fun and give us that little thing that we crave as human beings – unconditional love.

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