I am often asked why I spend so much time researching and documenting my family history. Some people understand my need to know more about my roots, while other people simply think that I am wasting my time.
I clearly disagree with those that think that I am wasting my time. I believe that learning about those that came before us can provide valuable insight into not only their lives, but into our own inner strengths and abilities; it can help us understand both our similarities and differences.
Knowing very little about my family history growing up, I had no idea of the myriad of amazing, strong and talented people who were part of my extended family. Had I known that I shared DNA with some great people, I may have had more confidence in my own abilities. I may have chosen a different path in life and entered politics or followed more artistic pursuits like many of my famous and successful cousins and grandparents.