I was never that great at the whole family thing. When I was younger, I always fought with my siblings, I was really spoiled at times and I always put myself first. I sucked. But after all my experiences, I’ve came up with a few realizations about family.
As college rolled around, I put everything ahead of my family. That kind of stuff happens when you get to college. You get out of the house for the first time, move hundreds of miles away, and your priorities are school, work, friends, and maybe a relationship. But family should always be a big priority. I really learned that the hard way but I’m really happy I figured it out before it was too late.
I never felt like I fit into my family well but as I got older, I realized that I actually fit in really well. We are all loud, stubborn, and a little crazy at times. And despite all the fighting I did with my brother and sister, it actually made us a lot closer than I thought it would. I think that when you struggle or have drama with someone you care about, it makes your bond a lot stronger with them at the end of the day. It proves the worth of the relationship. And I think all of us have had big fights or arguments with a family member multiple times during our childhood.
Fathers are typically known to be the head of the household. They keep the family afloat, are often times the bread winner of the family, and typically set the tone for how the family is ran. However, when it came to all the moral issues of growing up, the good marks in school, and the accomplishments, I feel like you do them for your mom. Your mom is the one who took care of you when you were little, who brought you into this world and it’s almost like the only way to pay them back is by growing up to be a great person. When you become the person you aim to be, your dad will be proud of you but your mom will be the one crying or jumping for joy.
All families are different, the relationships, the structures, the rules, but family should be important to all of us. If you aren’t that close to your family, work on it, it’s not too late. If you are, keep it up and enjoy all the moments you have with them.
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