Rhett Rigsby

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Family, Character, and Clay

    Since the age of seven, my parents have provided me with opportunities to travel across the U.S. and throughout the world. Thanks to them, I have been able visit many foreign countries including: the Bahamas, Guatemala, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Africa. Each of these places has provided me with a fresh and valuable outlook on other’s values, opinions, beliefs, and culture. With these experiences I have been able to realize and understand so much more than I would have without them. I now can better recognize the value and validity in other’s opinions, which in turn has helped me strengthen and revise the convictions I’ve already developed. They have also allowed me to deepen my appreciation for the lifestyle I live here in the U.S. In reference to that I would like to take the time to do something I do far less often than I should.  That is just to appreciate, recognize, and be thankful for all the things my family has done and continues to do for me every day.

    First, I’d like to recognize my dad for how he’s prioritized me and the rest of my family over other aspects of his life and has made sacrifices for us even when we haven’t earned it. I’d also like to thank him for being an example of how to treat others: to be respectful, friendly, helpful, understanding, and genuine to everyone no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they look like.  That’s the reason why when people say, “you act just like your dad,” I take it as one of best compliments they could give. Because that means in some way, I have exemplified his qualities, whether it be in my treatment of others, the way I converse, or in my sense of humor. To me, that will always mean I’m doing something right.  

    Next, I would like to thank my mom. She has shown me time and time again how to be patient, easy-going, and most importantly, loving. Also, I can confidently say she is one of the most selfless people I know. I say that because she’s easily spent one half of her life taking care of animals my brother and I have gotten, and the other half looking for, and almost always finding, all the things I’ve lost (which is a lot), and helping me and my family with just about anything else we could ever need.

    Finally, I’d like to thank my two brothers who I’m fortunate enough to say double as two of my closest and most trusted friends. My oldest brother, Ruston, has shown me what it means to be passionate about something and how to pursue those interests. My other brother, Reed, has shown me and encouraged me to be firm in my convictions and to defend those beliefs even if it requires some stubbornness or puts you at odds with others. It is because of my family and the things they’ve done for me that I am where I am today. My family has molded and affected my life in so many different positive ways, and for that, I will always be thankful.

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