Looking outside my home, into my neighborhood, I am surrounded by friendly older folk who are warm and welcoming. There was never a shortage of cats roaming around the area and dogs barking at said cats. The roads around the neighborhood were calm and steady when it came to traffic, which kept the neighborhood quite peaceful. This was what it was like in my neighborhood. Living in this neighborhood helped teach me about the simple kindness that is possible in this world.
However, my home was not as peaceful. Being the second oldest of five siblings, all unfortunately being girls, that left me as the mediator of the house. It also left me feeling a bit lonely which contributed to my social personality trait. Growing up in a house full of girls, also instilled in me the feeling of protection of my sisters and household in general. This protective trait is one of the reasons I want to join the military because I would like to protect and serve the country. My family’s pet situation contributed to the not so peaceful environment because we have gone through two dogs (one of which ran away, the other we had to put down) and are currently home to six dogs total now.
My parental situation during most of my childhood was difficult because I lacked a father in my life due to his multiple international tours in the army. My mom was the one who helped to raise my sisters and I, which made her the true mediator in the household but also made me the man of the house. Without my dad in the house, I was taught to be independent and self-reliant. I was also put a leadership position to watch over my younger sisters. Watching my dad serve our country made me want to follow in his footsteps.
Overall my neighborhood and home life impacted and shaped me to be the social, protective, but kind person I am today. I hope that I can continue to take my home life experiences and grow stronger as a person.