Thefond memories I have of my former days have stayed engraved in mymind. I picture them in my life now and derive an absolute sense ofwhat all that meant in my life. My childhood was an active one for Iwas the adventures type, visiting places and testing the limits of myexploits. Distinctively, I recall the instances that I shared everyday with my family and those I experienced having set on a personaladventure. I realize that the things of my childhood totallyinfluenced how I was conditioned to perceive certain things in life.My experience created an environment for my growth and to be theperson I am today (Lynch, 1993).
Ofthe memories, I remember the Thanksgiving celebration. My familyappreciated so much this day that we all took time preparing for it.We developed a tradition of reaching out to all members of thefamily, calling everyone into participation and sharing of theirexperiences. We took the chance to acknowledge the efforts ofeveryone in the family and to encourage one another, fostering peaceamongst ourselves. It was the interesting moment of my childhood,having to be told how grateful everyone felt that I was an importantpart of them and that they loved and trusted me always to belong tothe family. Mainly, everyone expressed concern over my ventures butremained pleased that it added happiness to the household. Mostimportantly, we took advantage of the day to forgive one another,starting on a newly leveled field each time.
It’sincredible how that experience has impacted on my present life. Imust say that I also still celebrate Thanksgiving in my family.Notably, I have realized how the practice wound up influential in myday to day relations with other people and my family. I am a freerperson, forgiving and relenting. The experience has had an intrinsicinfluence on the details of my generous nature. I find it totallyeasy to empathize with other people’s conditions and expressreadiness to assist. I have learned not to take things for grantedespecially those that my life depends upon. The environment createdby my family in childhood has immensely affected my manner of conductas an adult. Indeed, I avow that traditions are an important facet ofthe human’s environment.
Also,I recall a time when my family went to visit my father’s friend inTexas. It was amazing what I saw. My dad’s friend was a renownedfarmer in the region, and so he planted on large tracts of land andreared many animals. It was my first time getting on a horse andriding one. Having been brought up in an urban setting, I found theplace more natural and the atmosphere fresh and clean, far from thetown’s noise, buzzing and hooting of cars. In this land, the smellof fresh cow dung appealed to my inner senses of love for nature. Theflowers that grew openly in the fields for harvest and exportationcured the atmosphere with fresh breath. For the week’s stay inTexas, I had learned to ride on a horse, though not perfectly atleast that is what I remember knowing in our trip. The image ofpeople working in the farms, everyone committed to their place ofwork and doing it with zeal moved me as a young person. Theexperience was to inform my decision later to keep rabbits in ourbackyard.
Ivalue the experiences of this trip because it exposed me to anentirely new view of what life would be on the other side of town. InTexas, people had a personal interaction with nature to ensure theyearned a living. Their soiled clothes were enough proof theircracked hands bore all the evidence. I realized that someone had toundergo such efforts to ensure that we, the town people, had food toeat and that we remained in constant supply. In essence, I havelearned as an adult the significance of every profession. Like thebody of a human being, we all need each other. The legs would notwalk to the right place if the eyes were blind from view. It is,therefore, the reason I know everyone’s contribution to theeconomic standing of my country matters in their own measure (Greiderand Garkovich, 1994).
Furthermore,I cannot utilize all this space without mentioning the experience Igained from the park that was a few miles away from our home. Ialways left with my elder sister to go and admire the different typesof birds that found habitation in that environment. Besides, I tookan interest in the people who visited the park. I wondered what theirdrive to come to the park was. At least for us, we thought it fun,admiring the birds and having chocolate ice cream at a particularshop within the park. We escaped the scolding of our parents who hadmade it impossible to have ice cream in the house, believing theykept us from health defects created by the consumption of unnecessarysugars. I perceived the peace that the people here felt. They musthave escaped from something like we did, and this was the place tofind relief. It was the safe haven where one was allowed to think andact freely. I later in life appreciated that this experience wouldincrease my desire for science study. I wanted to know how myenvironment informed the way in which I acted and thought.
Truly,as an adult, the environment in which we live as children impact onour future experiences. We are conditioned through what we see andperceive as children. Therefore, it is important to conclude that ourchildhood experiences create the environment, contributing to who webecome in adulthood.
Greider,T., & Garkovich, L. (1994). Landscapes: The social constructionof nature and the environment. Ruralsociology,59(1),1-24.
Lynch,B. D. (1993). The garden and the sea: US Latino environmentaldiscourses and mainstream environmentalism. SocialProblems,40(1),108-124.