Read an Article about Judaism: 48 Ways to Wisdom

I would have to say that way #36 speaks to me the most. I can handle social pressure from my friends, but handling social pressure from my family has always been a real struggle for me. My sister is 9 years older than me, and is basically a genius. She went to Princeton University for undergrad, and then to Harvard Law School for graduate school. She met her husband her first year of college, and they just got married, 9 years later. She is basically the perfect person, so it’s understandable that I was under a lot of pressure, whether real or perceived, while I was growing up. I often call her my role model, but it’s not always healthy to try and live up to standards that high. Sure it’s important to work hard and be ambitious, but there’s a fine line between wanting to work hard for yourself and wanting to work hard and get good grades to impress others. I find it difficult sometimes to feel important when it comes to my family because I know my parents will always be more proud of my sister’s accomplishments, even if they don’t admit it. As the article states, “Seeking the approval of others harms you, because it keeps you from the real work of becoming great.” I definitely need to work on my self-esteem and start doing things for myself, and not for my family.

Points Earned: 5