I remember I signed up for an instrument class when I was a kid. After 3 years practice, I grew bored.
So I told my mom “ I hate it. I want to quit. ”
My mom: “ No. Finish what you started. You can’t quit on something when you’re bored or when it’s hard. Did you not sign up for the class yourself?”
10-year old Me: “I did. But…”
Well, there’s no ‘but’ with Asian parents.
I was resentful but continued my instrument class. By the age of 14, I had achieved the highest performance level possible (without pursuing a music career). I am still very proud of this accomplishment.
Looking back, I’m grateful my mom pushed me to do more than I wanted to. And that lesson has stuck with me forever.
It’s not about mastering an instrument, but learning a lesson on discipline and follow through when my 10-year old self didn’t know better.
What’s the best thing you learned from your Mom? I'd love to hear from you.
(This article is originally published on Democrat & Chronicle)