Know the Difference
Throughout my life, I have learned to tell the difference between want and need. My sister and I are identical twins. Many have trouble telling us apart. We’ve never had a problem with that—we understand how similar we look and act. After all, we do everything together. We’ve lived and grown up together, and now we’re off to college together.
I would never have it any other way. Nevertheless, with my sister, I learned very early in life the value of money. When we were younger, times were hard, but our parents did their best to give us everything we needed. There was a time where the only piece of furniture our family owned was my sister’s and my bed—I knew, even before I realized it, how valuable it is to have everything I needed.
It was natural, then, that if they should do their best to give us everything we need, we should do our part and be responsible about what that was. After all, with any expense that others had, our parents were faced with double the amount. I quickly learned the difference between a want and a need. I respect my parents infinitely for how far they have come. So even now, though we can afford to indulge more, I choose instead to hold fast to the values we grew up with—knowing that selfishness is not fulfilling. Though the choice may be difficult, a part of growing up is making the right decision and sticking to my beliefs.
The most important life lesson is learning to determine what you need, and what others need from you, and having the presence of mind and, especially, selflessness to give it to others.