Do we inevitably become our parents?
I spent this past weekend with my dad, who, on a typical basis, I speak to at least once a week on the phone and see in person every few months.
In the last couple of years I’ve realized that my dad and I have a lot of personality traits in common, and seeing him this weekend, I really noticed a lot of myself in him. For instance, we are both, at times, a little impatient and a little indecisive. We both like telling stories with the intention of keeping people interested and entertained, and we share the tendency to beat around the bush in certain conversations.
And it got me thinking – we all joke about how we don’t want to turn into our parents – but is it inevitable?? Of course, self-awareness and personal experiences shape us into our own person, but we’ve all had those moments where mid-conversation we hear ourselves speak and think, “oh my god – I’m becoming my mother!”
Do you think we’re destined to become some form of our parents – and if so, is that really as bad as we make it sound??