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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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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For An Only Child, Getting Together With Family Means Everything

Celebrate the good times.

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I love being an only child - but I do see siblings who really get along and I can be jealous. I think it also goes the same way.

My whole family includes my mom's side more often than my dad's which means I get my grandparents, aunt and uncle, my three cousins who I am very close to and then my great aunt and great uncle and their kids.

Getting together means so much because we are all so close. Every summer when we were younger we took vacations together to the beach and we spent holidays together. We also all live within only five minutes of each other in the same city. We have so many inside jokes and no one is afraid to talk to someone so no one is ever left out. We have traditions and we follow them to the tee.

This means a lot to me since I do not usually get to spend time with so many blood relatives. My house is normally me and my parents or just me if they are out of town.

I love being an only child it has taught me so much about taking care of myself and it is funny when my friends realize how much my parents know about me because I tell my parents EVERYTHING.

The family getting together is always a celebration and since the grandkids and cousins have gone off to college it is a little harder to get everyone together so these occasions are important.

I write this from my cousin's graduation party and everyone is under the same roof for a few days celebrating his time at App State and we are eating every meal, sharing stories and planning summer vacations.

My cousin did remind me though that he would be moving away out of state which means holidays are the only times we will see one another so it gives me all the more reason to enjoy what I have now. And if I were you I would do the same.

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