From Redditor u/krholley92:
Appreciating my parents. I was always embarrassed as a teen when my Mom or Dad wanted to take me to the movies because wHaT iF mY sChOoL fRiEnDs SeE mE. I always ate dinner in my room to watch TV or spent so much time at home on the computer…sighed when my parents wanted to watch a movie. Stayed on the phone or with my earbuds in any moment I could instead of just hanging out with them.
Now I’m 29 with a steady job and living 4 and 1/2 hours away, and I don’t get to see them often. I miss them, and I will never live with them again. I’m grappling with the fact that my parents will never stop getting older and they are not in fact immortals who will be with me forever. I wish I could go back in time when I got to see them every day for years, and I wish I could just truly live in and enjoy all of that time with them. I also wish I could knock my younger self in the head for ever being embarrassed to be seen with them in public and tell myself how much of an idiot I was being.
Basically I wish I didn’t take them for granted. I make a strong effort now to enjoy as much time with them as I can and never take them for granted again.
Edit: I definitely realize not everyone’s parents were people they want to spend time with, and I’m so sorry for that. If they are wonderful, though, and you’re a teen, don’t be like me. Your parents grow older with you, and they won’t be there forever. Don’t take them for granted.