5 Reasons Why Traditions Are Important

5 Reasons Why Traditions Are Important

Family traditions are the best.
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Family is the most important part of a person's life. Friends and relationships come and go all the time, but family remains forever. Not everyone has the perfect relationship with their family, which is why family traditions are so important and should be continued on from generation to generation. In my family traditions range from very big to very small, but what matters is the memories made from them. Two of my favorite traditions are Sunday dinner with the whole family every week and going pumpkin picking every October. Here are the five reasons everyone should continue family traditions.

1. Memories.

Memories last a life time and will be the topic of conversation at almost any family gathering. Memories are the moments we look back on to laugh about and to smile about because they made us feel so good on the inside. Memories are something we can pass on from generation to generation. While memories are good for creating a bond. Memories also strength our minds to think as we get older. Finally, we will look back on the memories we shared as a family rather than the items we bought for each other for the holidays.

2. Something to look forward to.

Every Sunday I look forward to seeing my family and sitting around a table eating. Also, I look forward to seeing my cousins every October to go pumpkin picking. They are two very small traditions, but are huge events in my mind that I count down the days for. It's something to keep us happy and hopeful that we have one good moment in time to look forward to, whether it be once every year or once every week. Overall, it is something to count on when we are having a bad day because of the joy and relaxation those traditions bring.

3. Families become closer.

In my own experience because of these traditions I have become extremely close to my family. Traditions keep us together and to realize what is truly the most important part of life. As a family comes together we realize that we can talk about anything with each other and will relive memories over and over again. Also, once a family has started a tradition there is a good chance it won't stop because of how close the family has become.

4. Bridges a gap between generations.

Some traditions are passed on from generation to generation. In my family the tradition that has been passed down is eating together every Sunday. In an Italian culture it is very normal and tradition to eat together as a family on Sunday's, because it brings the family together. Therefore, when an entire family comes together there is something for different generations to relate on. Someone that is eighty years old versus someone that is 12 years old might not have much to relate on, but if they sit down and eat together memories and stories can be created.

5. A sense of identity.

Sometimes people can feel lost and don't know who they are or where they belong. However, when you are part of a family tradition someone can find themselves and discover new things about themselves. For me I knew I would love to write and share my thoughts with everyone because during Sunday dinner that is all we do. However, it is a nice feeling to belong to something even if it is just your family. Family traditions define your family and who you are as an individual and as a whole.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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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.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

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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