THE SILVER LINING To Your Life & Health
W hy I K eep S truggling
With My Family’s Support, It’s Worth It
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I more than leaned on my sister. I continued to work during the day for significantly less money and bartended at night, but it still wasn’t enough. My sister was a doctor, and, at that point in time, she wrote me a check and said, “Do what you’ve got to do.” She probably gave me thousands of dollars during that time to keep me and my family out of the fire. She wasn’t the only one, though. My younger brother paid my mortgage for two months when I couldn’t afford it and refused to let me pay him back. When you’re in a hard spot, there are plenty of people who will offer words of encouragement and prayers for you. Those aren’t bad things, but it’s a whole different kind of helpful when someone whips out their checkbook, writes you a check, and just says “Do what you’ve got to do.” That’s the kind of support my family has given me, and that’s how it’s always been. I might not be able to claim my success as completely my own, but I can show gratitude to my family and for how our support for one another has brought us closer together. Help from my family has not only come in the form of financial assistance, however. My parents help me and my wife to this day, doing things like getting my kids from the school bus stop or taking my daughter to gymnastics. Little favors like that go a long way on a busy day.
–Duane Hamilton 1 770-744-1855 If you’re not struggling, you’re not working hard enough, he said. If you’re coasting, you’re slacking. That may not seem like an easy way to live life, but, if you’re not doing everything by yourself, it’s not only possible, but beneficial. If I had never struggled in my life, I don’t think I would be as close to my family as I am today. My family has also supported one another even when it seemed like the most inconvenient thing to do. Right before my father-in-law passed away in 2015, my wife, kids, and I were on vacation near the coast. When we heard he didn’t have much time left, my mother drove all the way to where we were staying, and we all drove back to Atlanta through the night to be with him. I have one living grandparent, my mom’s dad. He’s 89 years old this year, and, in thinking about how invaluable the support of my family is to me, I remember some advice he gave me about 10 years ago. It was 2009, and I was back on my feet financially. We were doing well. When we visited my grandpa on his 80th birthday, I asked him what advice he had for my generation. He said two words: “Keep struggling.”
person who has made it to where they are today entirely by themselves. There might be some egotistical people out there who claim to be completely self-made, but, honestly, the people in their lives supported them and made sacrifices for them to help them achieve success — even if they didn’t realize it. Even if you just had an aunt who was praying for you and that’s it, I’d call that help. I’ve been fortunate in my own life to have received more than just prayers and words of encouragement from my family. My dad paid for the cost of my college, and I earned my undergraduate degree without incurring any debt. Throughout my entire childhood, my mom supported my dreams and made sure I kept them big. I think my siblings and I came to expect that family supported one another, and that was just how it was. A common topic of conversation between my older sister, Jennifer, and I was about which one of us would be the most likely to support the other when we were older. I always said I would support her, and she always said the opposite was true. Jennifer was right. When the mortgage market crashed in 2008, my money dried up quick, and
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