In my opinion, many factors have shaped me, and influenced my way of thinking and my outlook in life. These factors include my family and home environment, school, my county, friends and neighbors. I believe that the nurture we receive at home, the conflicts with people around us, and various situations that occur in our lives, form our personalities and outlook.
First of all, the most influential factor that has shaped my personality, of course, is the nurture which I got, and the environment in which I grew up. My mother, father, grandparents and my siblings always remind me of the importance of acting properly and being polite. I obeyed them reluctantly in some cases, but now I cannot imagine my life without them and their invaluable advice. It has been very important for me, and for the formation of my character.
Of course, many of us think that conflicts and problems just waste our time and fray our nerves. They think that nothing beneficial can come out of conflict. Maybe that is true, but I do not think so. In my opinion, we learn many basic things from past conflicts and disputes. We can learn how to differ or disagree graciously and amicably, without any stress or emotional pressure. When I was a child I often had problems with other children, and I always felt I was the loser and so I avoided other children. Then I understood that avoidance is not the solution and I learnt how to resolve conflicts easily, not only with friends and classmates, but in other situations too. Because avoiding conflicts and problems is not always possible, it is important, and I can even say necessary to know the best ways to resolve them fairly and peacefully.
Additionally, sometimes we get into embarrassing situations by our own wrongful actions, which makes us feel ashamed. Nobody likes this but we can still learn and improve ourselves from such negative experiences. For instance, when I was child, I did not like to study. I lied to my parents and went to school unprepared every day. As a result, I got poor grades and failed my final test. When my teacher informed my parents, they got angry and resentful. I regretted that, and decided to learn better and not to lie to my parents any more. In my opinion, situations like this are opportunities which help us to change ourselves for the better.
To conclude, I can say that my outlook in life has been shaped by many factors and circumstances. My parents, grandparents and other relatives have had the greatest role in shaping my outlook by nurturing me. I also learnt many important things from conflicts and problems that have occurred in my life, and of course some bad deeds that I did and made me feel shame also taught me important things and helped to form my current way of thinking.
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