True or false: Humans and plants are strangely similar. Hear me out on this one, because I just realized something: we both have roots. 🌳
Yes, plants have literal roots, but humans have roots that ground us on our journey through life. For example, my roots stem back to an Eastern European country, Serbia, which was part of former Yugoslavia at one point, as both of my parents are from there. My parents moved to the U.S. when they were young adults, and my sisters and I were born and grew up in Northeastern Ohio, where the saying is as true as can be, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”
Being raised by Eastern European immigrant parents, who moved to this country looking for opportunity and the American dream, I had no choice but to have excellent work ethic, look for opportunities, and be resourceful. Growing up in my household where doing anything for anybody and not expecting anything in return made me who I am today. Watching my parents start from scratch as business owners and years later thriving with a successful Dental Technician business, gave me so much insight into how challenging, yet rewarding their journey has been.
Being a minority and coming from an immigrant family, really made an impact on me, and I’m a better person because of it. As time goes on, we, like plants, may grow more branches and sprout more flowers, but everything depends on a strong foundation.
Tell me friend, where are your roots, and what have you learned from them?