I am the second child and the eldest girl. I have three other sisters and two brothers. You see, I grew up in a big family. Contrary to what most people believe that big families tend to disagree most of the time because each member has their own opinion and belief, my family always got along. We can spend the whole day in the living room everyday and still find things to talk about and keep us entertained. We have always this strong feeling of love and bond between one another and that we know that no matter what happens we will always have each other’s back. We had petty quarrels back when we were young. But after a few hours, it felt like nothing happened. Love, respect, patience and understanding would always be on top.
We are very lucky that our parents were able to raise us this way. Because we became individuals who can easily adapt to the environment, is very resilient regardless of the situation he or she is faced with. We grew up with a comfortable life considering the fact that my father and mother had to raise six children. They sent us to the best schools and eventually the most prestigious universities in the country to fully equipped us with a bright future ahead. Of course, whatever happens to our lives are on in our hands. But the chance of succeeding life is high given that we have the best education and has everything we wanted and needed. No matter how great life was, there were still times that we had to face rough patches and a few bumps along the road. We experience a financial problem in the early 2000’s and continued to down spiraled in the coming years. 2010 was the hardest time because it came to the point that we had to sell all our cars, let go of some of our employees and also found our bank accounts almost zero. We did not know where to start. Everything we have was washed out and the only thing we have aside from each other was our faith in the Lord.
Only two us has graduated and four more were studying. My siblings almost have to stop studying because we do not have enough money to pay for their tuition. But since education is very important for my parents, they borrowed money from different people and even sold some of the things we have left so that they can still continue studying and have enough money to cover up for all our daily expenses.
My mother was our pillar of strength, but my father took it very hard. He has stopped drinking alcohol since he met an accident in 1997. But the pressure and stress was too hard that he went back to drinking in a way, which was even worse than he used to do. We saw that every time he was feeling stress or wanted to relax, he would start downing at of beer. Until today he is still facing the same problem, which we hope he puts an end to before its too late.
Another member of the family who has followed what my father does anytime he felt stress was my older brother. He also has a hard the adjusting to what was happening and would always find drinking alcohol a way to calm him down. It got even worse after a few years that he would even sleep inside his car in the highway because he was too drunk to drive. To put an end to this, my mother and I started reading articles about how to help siblings with alcohol abuse. We tried to do an intervention which we successfully done. Today, he has a very feasible business is living with his fiancee and is about to have their first child.