When I take stock of any successes I’ve had, I realize that luck played a major role, and that I was fortunate to have the advantages I had. I could have been born a woman in a country where the treatment of women is appalling, or in a location devastated by war.
You can’t pick where, when, or to whom you’re born. By sheer luck, I won the parent lottery without buying a ticket. I give my parents enormous credit for any of my successes, which includes coaching me through the failures.
For those of you fortunate enough to have your parents still with you, take the time to express gratitude. In most cases, they did the best they could with what they had. In my case, they couldn’t have possibly done better.