A Dedication To My Family

A Dedication To My Family

My rock, my number one fans, my biggest supporters, my family, my everything.
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Life is a journey filled with lots of backroads, pit stops and destinations along the way, There are people out there who just push your buttons and rub you the wrong way, and sometimes you don’t even know why. There’s the sad days where the tears won’t stop flowing, so many that you could flood the world in just one day. There’s the good days when everything goes your way, the days where life lets you smile and the road seems smooth. There’s the days when you do amazing things, feeling like you can accomplish anything. There are days when big milestones in life pass, and you count the days until the next one comes. Each day of your journey has something new in store. Changes take place, time keeps passing as you reflect on your journey thus far. Life is full of variety, mixed with people and places who leave, some of which we see again, and some of which become a mere memory.

The one thing that never changes in my journey, the one thing I can always count on, is my family. They are there to protect me from the bad and defend me from the evil. They are there with a bucket in hand to catch my tears, and a warm embrace to reassure me that, this too will pass. They are there on the good days, and they are there on the not so good ones. They are there to celebrate with me when I succeed, and they are there to congratulate me and tell me how proud they are when I thrive, when I do amazing things. They are always there. They love me unconditionally, even on the days where I make it impossible for them to do so, and especially on the days where I make easy. They never judge me for who I am or the choices I make, and they always, always support whatever it is I’m doing in life, even if it is not what they’d prefer for me or themselves.

My family has showed me what the true meaning of life really is, what makes the journey worth it in the end. They showed me that no matter where the road leads, however many bumps, forks or traffic jams there are, the only thing that matters is that when you get where you set out to go, you are happy, and you know that the road keeps going on even after you pull over for a little while. They have showed me what it means to love, and to be loved, and how important both of those things are. They have helped make me who I am and continue to do so each and every day. My family is the constant in my life, the thing that is there when I close my eyes and is still there when I open them again. They say you can’t choose family, and for that I am grateful, because if I could in fact chose my family, I would pick the one that I already have right beside me. I wouldn’t trade my family for the world, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world being able to call them mine.

Thank you for being my rock, my inspiration, my biggest support system and my number one fans. I can’t wait to see where the road takes us next, hand in hand, moving forward together. I love you guys, forever and a day, to the moon and back.

With endless love,

Your niece, daughter, cousin, granddaughter and friend, Caitlin

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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.
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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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My Boyfriend's Family Helped Me Find My Home Away From Home

Taking "home is where the heart is" to a new level.

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I have always heard that one day I will find a place that will feel like my home away from home, specifically with my significant other. Honestly, I couldn't envision loving a place like the way I do my hometown, let alone love it even more. Nonetheless, here I am, sitting in the Little Rock, Arkansas airport tearing up as I say goodbye to my home away from home.

Let me tell you about my hometown. I live in a relatively small town in Wyoming and it has always been my home. My family, friends and work are here in Wyoming. But, there happens to be this man who has my whole entire heart. His hometown is a little town in Arkansas, that also happens to be 17 hours away from me. I came to visit him in his hometown for the first time ever. Not only to see Arkansas for the first time but to see him for the first time in a month and to have the opportunity to meet his family.

I won't lie, meeting parents for the first time is definitely nerve-wracking. It's not that I am hard to get along with, it's the fact that I want them to love me because I love their son and I couldn't conceptualize that ever changing. From the moment I stepped into their home, I was welcomed with big arms and beautiful smiles. His family welcomed me, a complete stranger, into their home with no questions asked. Right away I knew I felt like I was home.

Finding your home away from home is easy to recognize. Home is a place full of love and laughter and that is what I found in Arkansas. It was a second home that I felt comfortable in. Feeling comfortable somewhere is not always the easiest feeling to grasp. For me, I feel the need to be in a comfortable place to be myself and call it "home."

I believe that it is essential for everyone to have a "second home" or a "home away from home." Having a second family can and does provide so much more love in my life I never knew I needed. I of course do and always will love and adore my family with my whole heart and soul but having these other people in my life gives me so much assurance that I'll always be surrounded with love and happiness. You can never have too many friends, too much family and certainly never too much love. So thank you. Thank you for welcoming me, loving me as your own, and showing me that having a home away from home is such a positive part of my life.

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