Zhenzhen Kuang (Abby)
I believe that even a small event can change people’s destiny. People choose diverse ways to get to the different destinations. Before I was eighteen years old, I never thought that my destiny would change so quickly. My father’s boiler company had failures in investments, and the company eventually went bankrupt. My family went from well-off to having nothing at all. From the bankruptcy, I learned how to appreciate what I had. I also became a much more independent woman, and stopped being a lazy person who found it hard to study. The bankruptcy changed my destiny and almost changed everything in my life.
My family’s economy almost all came from my father’s company, so when my father’s company went bankrupt, I no longer had any financial support from my family. When I was a child, I didn’t know how to appreciate my things. For example, if I felt that my clothes or my shoes were a little bit old, I would ask my mother to buy some new clothes or shoes to replace the old ones. However, changing out all the old clothes and shoes required more money; so, when my father’s company went bankrupt my family didn’t have any source of income. Therefore, I had to learn how to appreciate my things, and I took care of my shoes and clothes. I began to using my things until they were no longer good enough to be used at all.
Furthermore, I learned how to be independent after the bankruptcy. When I was young, I used to be very dependent on my parents. They arranged everything for me. They bought everything I liked and did everything I wanted. Nevertheless, when my father’s company went bankrupt, I realized I needed to find a part-time job to support my family because I wanted to share responsibility for the house work. I found a part-time job as a tour guide that suited my school schedule. I worked on weekends, so I was able to support my family’s utilities and expenses. My parents went to work full time jobs every day, and they were not at home. Therefore, I wanted to share the house work with my parents. Through all these changes, I became more and more independent in my life.
Moreover, the bankruptcy affected my study habits. Before the bankruptcy, I didn’t like studying at all because I thought my family had enough money to satisfy everything I needed. Even after my high school graduation, I assumed I would go to work at my father’s company. However, when my father’s company went bankrupt, I lost my future job because I had intended to set a job at his business. So I knew I had to study hard in order to change my family’s financial condition. For example, if I studied hard I could go to an elite school, and I would be able to find a good job after my college graduation. Thus, I could earn more money for my family.
The bankruptcy changed my family and then changed my destiny. However, it taught me how to appreciate what I already had, and it made me be an independent woman. In addition, the bankruptcy also affected my study habits and made me study hard. Without the bankruptcy, I might still be a dependent girl who didn’t know how to appreciate anything. However, I believe that life does not control my destiny; rather I control my destiny.