Life, As I Know It
April, 08, 2008
Life, As I Know It
Life, as I know it, does not have a standard adult development theory that could, with certain unity, be applied to every individual. However, throughout my life I have come to certain realizations which helped me develop strong principles that should be sought by every human being. Such revelations came to me by accident, if you believe in such things, at different stages of my life delivered by reason via situations I've lived through. By saying that I believe the betterment of a given individual's life is indeed that same individual's responsibility I don't mean that well-being is to be achieved alone – quite the opposite! It is a person's own responsibility to seek out the tools and individuals that will help his or her development; and that is the skill, or understanding, that I've learned throughout my psychological evolution.
From There to Here
I was born in Budapest, Hungary just as the iron curtain fell late 1985. The country was in a political and economical crisis, although I wouldn't find this out until much later. The effects of such social calamity on my family were surprisingly little however. My mother was a true capitalist at heart, and as soon as the opportunity presented itself she started her own business. Thanks to her steady flow of income my life was pretty uneventful. I prefer to think of this period in my life as the 'caterpillar' period, since I had no real since of anything other then school and play.
A major change come to my life when I decided to study abroad. After enrolling in the student exchange program I found myself on a plane headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since this was my first visit to the US, I had no expectations; or rather, I didn't know what to expect. What waited for me was going to change my life.
If you are not familiar with the foreign exchange program, let me give you a brief overview. This program allows a...