8 Reasons Why I'm Grateful For My Family

8 Reasons Why I'm Grateful For My Family

There aren’t enough words to express why I am grateful for my family, but here is a start.

As it is the season of giving, it only seems right to give a little extra thanks to the most important people in my life – my family. No matter what, my family is always there to brighten my day, to lift me up when I’m feeling down and love me, always. There aren’t enough words to even express why I am grateful for my family, but here is a start.

1. They always make you laugh.

If your family is anything like mine, there rarely is a dull moment. With so many different personalities, the jokes just keep coming. They make you laugh until you cry, creating lasting memories in the process.

2. You can completely be yourself.

There are no other people you can feel more comfortable around than your family. With them you can act weird, sing off-tune at the top of your lungs and not be self-conscious. And they won’t even judge you … that much!

3. They boost you up.

In the hard times, there is no better support system than family. Whether it’s a fight with your best friend, a breakup with your significant other, or even just a bad day, they’re always right there to be your shoulder to cry on and bring a smile back to your face.

4. They’re your biggest cheerleaders.

Being a family is synonymous with being a cheerleader. From the dance recitals to the school awards to the little league games when you can barely hold a bat, your family is genetically obligated to come out and cheer the loudest for you, sometimes a little too loud.

5. You always have someone to talk to.

I know that whenever I’m in need of talking to someone, my mom is my go-to. And whenever she doesn’t answer, I can call my sister, or my dad, or my cousin, or my aunt. The list goes on and on. They are basically your own person, unqualified therapist who always seems to have the perfect advice for every situation.

6. They help you out whenever you’re in a bind.

It doesn’t matter if it’s being short $5, needing a ride late at night and everything in between. You could call at 3 in the morning and you bet your silver dollar a family member will drop everything to help you. Family is there, no questions asked. Ok, well maybe a few from your mom.

7. They always have your back.

They always say that blood is thicker than water, and for good reason. It’s nice to know that you’ll have someone in your court in tough situations. Being able to rely on others without hesitation is one of the best parts about family.

8. They will love you, always.

The love that a family has is unlike anything else. There’s nothing quite like knowing that these people who you are so deeply connected to will love you forever and always.

I am so incredibly blessed to have such a close family who push comes to shove is always there for me. Each day I’m more and more thankful for them and my love for them continues to grow each and every day.

Thank you for being the best family ever.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.

Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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