I had an entirely different post in mind, but my mom had a scare yesterday that sent her to the hospital which had me thinking about the importance of family. Family are the people you can count on to have your back on the good and the bad days; the people that you know will love you regardless.
Family doesn’t have to be blood related! Some people may not have been blessed with blood relatives that are good people, and that’s okay. It can be hard, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with “hand picking” your family out of your close friends, your co-workers, your pets, your neighbors, even the people you party with. There will always be people you can connect with in some way, and those connections will evolve, and that will become family.
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
– Jane Howard
No matter who you choose, you need someone in your life that you can connect with, someone who can be a safety net if you need it! I know there’s bound to be one independent person who reads this that will say “I don’t need other people”, but you know what, that’s silly. Independence doesn’t negate that everyone needs someone.
Once you find those people, tend to those relationships. I know it’s easy to push off taking the trip out to the suburbs to see your mom because it’s an annoying all day ordeal and you assume she’ll always be there (I’m totally projecting right now), but what happens when she isn’t?? You’ll wish you had one more annoying train ride, I swear! So rent that zipcar, take that train ride, make that phone call, whatever you need to do, just make the time for the important people in your life. With the state of technology today, there’s really no excuse.
And for the sake of family talk, here’s an old picture of my little sister and I (check that compression!):
Now, go call that person who’s important to you. I swear, they’ll appreciate it.