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In life, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves inheriting character traits from our parents, even when we believe we would be different. Recently, the question was asked: “How did you end up resembling your parents as you grew up, even though you thought you would never inherit those character traits?” This thought-provoking question invites people to reflect on their personal experiences and share the surprising ways in which they have acquired certain traits from their parents, despite initially intending to be different.
To begin, someone stated, “I’m a nervous wreck, just like my mom. I never understood why she worried about everything.”
Someone else said, “I did not expect to turn short-tempered like my dad and be a tidy, clean freak like my mom.”
A comment was, “A few years ago, I looked at a picture and asked my dad who my brother was standing next to. It was my dad. My brother is a spitting image of him. When Snapchat released the gender swap filter, I was goofing and trying it out. I looked exactly like my brother. I promptly deleted Snapchat.”
A second comment said, “I have a freckle in the middle of my left palm that is an exact copy of a freckle my mom has on her left palm.”
One person said, “I tell the same stories over and over again.”
A second person replied, “Dad used to knee-jerk a “no’ to most things and would sometimes come around to a “ye”s later. I have found myself doing this more often the older I get. I never wanted to be that person.”
Habits and Mannerisms
A funny comment was, “My mom makes this sound when food is placed in front of her, or she’s about to eat something she’s really excited to eat. It’s kind of like an “ohohohoho” but really fast, so it sounds kind of like a pigeon. I’ve started doing that, too, in the last few years. I don’t know why. I can’t control it. I kick myself for it every time because it sounds stupid, but the pigeon noise still comes out of my mouth. She also does it when she is about to feed the dogs. As if she is making the noise for them since they can’t.”
Another comment was, “My grandparents mostly raised me, so I have many of their speech mannerisms. That and the daytime naps.”
Someone replied, “My dad LOVED to mow the yard. I literally never got it. I have a yard now, and I don’t know why, but it’s therapeutic.”
Another someone added, “When I was a kid helping my dad with outdoor projects, I would always notice his funny sounding inhale/exhale. I’m in my 20s now and am now a homeowner, I caught myself breathing the EXACT same way during my first house project in the garage.”
Values and Beliefs
A popular comment was, “My dad is a Republican. I’m a Democrat. In my early 20s, we used to get into screaming matches over politics. In the last couple of years, I’ve realized that our values actually align to the point that I consider him a friend. It’s just who we blame for the problems in the world that’s different.”
One person commented, “I have found myself giving the reason, ‘because I am your father’, even though it’s no reason at all, and one I HATED when I was a kid!”
Another person added, “It turns out I don’t like children. Thankfully, I don’t have any. Can’t say the same for my mother.”
Sense of Humor
A user said, “My sense of humor. My dad was a funny guy. I didn’t realize I was pretty good at dad jokes until I was fully grown.”
One person shared, “My dad used to get mad really easily. Lately, I’ve found myself getting irritated by stuff I’d be better off shrugging off.”
Another person said, “My dad does not show a lot of emotion. I’ve seen him cry twice in my whole (almost) 19 years of living. I’ve only cried four times since I was in the 7th grade. I’m now entering college.”
Interests and Hobbies
A user said, “My dad and I have virtually identical dress sense. Mine’s a bit more up-to-date than his, but essentially it’s the same “shorts n polo” thing going on.”
A second user commented, “into computers and also a movie/tv show buff.”
A popular comment was, “Became an alcoholic. Oddly enough, I was the only one that got sober.”
Another comment was, “Lack of drive and ambition. Both my parents were like this. I had it in my head to do something different about it, but now I’m just not sure how to get both of those things working in my life. Maybe I’m just lazy. But then, I suppose, they were too.”
One person wrote, “My mom used to make up silly words with extra syllables to joke around. Now I find myself doing the exact same thing with my partner. I guess it’s something we do when we feel at home.”
A second person replied, “Grew up watching as my dad’s choices in women went from bad to worse. Now I find myself in the same situations.”
One person said, “My biological dad didn’t raise me, and I didn’t even know he was my dad until I was 13. We have the same name and identical signatures.”
Health and Wellness
A popular comment was, “I’ve started doing the dad groan every time I stand up.
I can’t help it. It’s automatic. I hate it so much.”
A second comment was, “I’m pretty sure I inherited some emotional management problems. My mother is likely bipolar, and my father was in a mental institution for depression.”
One user replied, “I always rolled my eyes when my Dad called me my brother’s name and vice versa. There are only two of us! Now as a father of three boys, I do this all the time!”
Another user commented, “Mom said she used to lay awake at night wondering what she’s making for dinner for the week, and I find myself doing the same thing now.”
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