For the last few years, the most important priority in my life has been healing the broken relationship I had with my parents for more than a decade. Here is my raw and real journey—what I did, and what I learned. I hope these reflections will help you feel a little less lonely on your journey.
Joseph J. Lam
On a mission to help people connect deeply with their parents. | CEO & Co-founder of Parents Are Human (parentsarehuman.com)
For my last essay, I wanted to write about my dream of living next to my family, friends, & their families. There are many things I want to create. This is one I will never regret building.
Shame is a poisoned arrow I kept buried in my heart. It took me a long time to forgive myself for how I mistreated my parents. It was the gift that I needed to give myself to live my best life.
Gift-giving was a major way my parents shared their love for me, but I didn't always see it that way. I finally get it, & now I love doing the same. Parents Are Gifts: https://parentsaregifts.com
Life is too short for small talk. Asking deep questions transformed my relationship with my parents, forging a friendship I never knew was possible. Parents Are Human: https://parentsarehuman.com