8 Reasons Family Should Always Come First

8 Reasons Family Should Always Come First

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
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There are only a select few people in the world who will do anything for you, never judge you, and love you unconditionally, and they are your family. Whether they are distant or immediate, you grew up with the same values passed down for generations. And when it comes down to it, your family are the only ones that will be in your corner no matter what. The bond you share with your mother, father, siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins is unbreakable. And sure, every family has their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, you will always be together. No argument, distance, or issue can break those familial ties that go back for decades. To me, family is the most important thing in my life, and here are eight reasons why they should always come first.

1. They know you better than anyone else.

At this point, my family knows me better than I know myself. My mother can tell me what I am going to say before I even think it. They almost always know what’s best for you, even if you don’t realize it at the time. And if your grandma knows someone is wrong for you, you better drop them ASAP because God knows Grandma is right about everything.

2. They raised you.

Your family members are your day ones. Literally, they’ve been there for you since you were in diapers. Which means that they put up with you when you were a little 4-year-old brat and through the awkward middle school years, which means a lot. They’ve cared for you for your entire life, and nothing is more special than the bond that comes from that.

3. You’ve done so many amazing things together.

Family vacations, day trips, and even summer barbecues are some of my favorite memories; laughing with your aunts, uncles, and cousins after Uncle Jim has had one too many beers. There are so many memorable things that you have experienced together over the course of your life, and nothing can make you forget all of those good times.

4. They take care of you.

No one dotes on you when you’re sick like your family. And no one would come pick you up from a party at 3 a.m. other than your crazy and loving uncle. Your family will always take care of you better than anyone else, hands down.

5. No distance can change your relationships.

My two first cousins live in Spain, along with my aunts and abuelos (for only half the year). So we live on totally different continents, but that doesn’t change the fact that they will always love and care for me. Sure, sending emails is nothing like seeing them, but we keep in touch, and when I do see them, it doesn’t feel like it’s been seven years.

6. They support you in all of your endeavors.

No matter what you choose to do, your family will support you 100 percent. They may not agree with you on everything, but they’ll always be in your corner.

7. They will always be there for you.

No matter how hard you try to get rid of them, your family will always be by your side. Even when it feels as if everyone in the world is against you, and nothing is going right, your family will have your back.

8. Wherever your family is, you always feel at home.

As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. But what makes a home a home is the people that are there. So wherever you travel or set your sights to, as long as you have your family, you will always feel right at home.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

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Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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