Over time, I have had numerous individuals who have influenced various aspects of my life. Their personal characteristics, accomplishments, and values have influenced me in a positive way. They help shape the way I am in the present and what I will be in the future. They are someone that I can look to for advice in a hard situation and know that they will give me words of wisdom. They will never judge me on my past mistakes, but only look to help because they really do care about me. But, when reflecting on truly personal influences in my life, no one has made a greater impact than my father.
My father has worked very hard throughout his life to make sure he is able to provide for our family. When my dad escaped from the killing fields of Cambodia to live in the United States, he had very little money to support himself. Penniless and unable to speak English, he had to work days and study nights. When my he married his first wife, my mom, he had to give up his education. My parents had very little money to raise me on their own, so my dad quit school and went to work two jobs to help support the family. He made many sacrifices as a teenager to make sure his family had everything they needed to survive in America.
He genuinely cares for the people he loves and never fails to expedite our needs before those of his own. Despite his hectic work schedule, he always made time for us. When my mom was pregnant, he would always answer to her needs, even if it meant being absent from work. With my mother getting close to having me, he bought my mom to work with him during his night shift so he could take care of her. He made a little bed for my mom in the back room of his shop so she can rest while he worked. He was the bread-winner of the family, yet he never neglected us. He cares a lot for us. My dad will do anything for his children. Since I could remember to this present moment, he was always been someone I can count on to help me in my time of need. My father made sacrifices for his family. Even with two jobs he took his time to teach me how to drive. He'd wake up early every morning before he went to work to give me driving lessons....