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Their biggest influence is when they support me and no matter what they are always open to talk with me, to discuss things with me and believe in my dreams. The ways that they support me are: When they listen to me and trying to understand my view point, they are always open to discuss things with me and give me their opinion but never force me to do something, they believe in my dreams and do everything that is up to them to help me make it true.
One of the ways my parents support me is by listening to me and trying to understand my view point. When I was young I had a dream to become a really good volleyball player and playing for one of the best team in Bulgaria. If we go back in the time when I was 13 years old I had the opportunity to play for the best team in Bulgaria in our capital Sofia. It was a really hard decision to let me go for my parents because I am from small town and to go alone in the biggest city in Bulgaria so young didn`t sound good. My mother and my father wanted me to go to Vratsa which is my mother’s home town and grandmother and grandfather live there and my older brother went to school there. So it was easier for them to let me go there, but I didn`t want to.
I wanted to be different I wanted be one of the best players in Bulgaria. I wanted to be part of this big volleyball family. So I sat I told them how important is this opportunity for me and how that was everything I was dreamed about. They of course didn’t say “Yes” right after my speech. Then I was so mad that I had to wait for their answer but now every time when I think for this moment I understand them even better. It was not an easy decisions. However, 2 weeks later after different opinions of different couches, they let me to go and follow my dream.
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