Psychology 1301-A, Spring 2013
February 3, 2013
All About Me
There have been many people who have passed through my life that molded me into the person I am. My parents played a significant role in making me, me. Family can either help you get up on your feet or knock you down. My family is the reason that I am where I am today. They believed in me and never discouraged me from reaching for my dreams.
One of the most influential people in my life has been my mom, Angela. She is the strongest woman that know, and because of that she is also my role model. Everyone makes mistakes in their lifetime but she has never let that stop her. For instance, I was one of those “mistakes” but she had faith in God’s plan even when her family said that I should be aborted. My family did not support my mom’s decision to keep me because “that isn’t the catholic way”. My mom did not have to have me, she could have stayed a normal twenty-three year old who was putting herself through college but instead she chose me. Even when her whole family prosecuted her for that decision, she chose me. After she found out that she was pregnant with me she changed her outlook on life, became a Christian and worked hard to give me the life that she wanted. My birth father who I refer to as “sperm-donor”, did not want to be a part of our lives, this was not acceptable in my family. My grandmother forced her to marry her high school boyfriend, Scott Mullins; he is legally my “father” and whose last name I have. While trying to be a good mom and wife, she was working at the Sherriff’s Department and going to George Washington University to earn her paramedic license. Two years after her wedding, Scott was out of the picture but not without more hatred from our family. They liked Scott and could not understand why my mom would leave him but she did not have to justify her decisions to anyone. There was a lack of support from our family but she trusted in God’s plan to bring me into this world. When I was too little to go to school, my grandmother, Diane, made my mom pay her to watch me when she had to go to work. It was just my mother and I for a while and I was pleased with the way things were going. I had my mom and she was doing things that she loved. While earning her paramedic license and working as a Police Officer, the Fire Department asked if she would join them. Shortly after becoming a fire fighter, the secret service came around and asked if she would work for them. On top of all those jobs she was also coaching my soccer team because one of her mottos was “family is always first”. I admire her because everything that she put her mind to even with all the obstacles she came across, she accomplished. Right now she’s earning her B.S.N in the nursing program at Texas Woman’s University. My mother is my hero and I strive hard to the woman that she is.
When I was four years old, I prayed to God and asked him for a brother. Well that wish was granted when one brother turned into three older brothers and later on I was blessed with two more brothers. That wish turned my best friend, Austen, into my brother. Not many people get to say that their childhood friend actually became a sibling. Since we played soccer together, it gave our parents, Lee and Angie, the opportunity to get to know each other more. They started dating but since there were children involved, they decided to keep it quiet for a while. The only rule my mom had about dating is that if I did not like the man then she would end the relationship. Luckily I fell in love with the only man she brought around me and shortly after they made it official I started calling him “daddy”. Phillip Whitmore Sr. once said “Any fool can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad!” Lee never made me feel like I was not his. To him, I am his flesh and blood, and his child. To him, that was all that mattered. I cannot think of a better father to have