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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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

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Et tu, Brute?—Then fall Caesar.

[He dies.]


The stab wasn't what killed him,

no,

Caesar truly died of a broken heart.

Yes,

upon seeing his best friend involved in the conspiracy,

Caesar could no longer find the strength to live in this world.


I can't say I blame him.

A bond with a best friend,

a true best friend,

is deeper than family,

deeper than marriage.

They are your soulmate.


But that kind of relationship is a mutual thing.

It may be unspoken,

sure,

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The pain of finding out a best friendship isn't mutual is unbearable.

The rejection is one thing,

but there's almost always an accompanying betrayal.


That's the real knife,

the real stab.

It twists in your heart and,

instead of blood,

makes tears flow.

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they aren't Brutus,

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Still Fourteen - Beginning with a Line by Shakespeare

To me fair friend you never can be old

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You knew no pain then,

not really,

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You made my dark times easier,

holding a flashlight out for me to find you,

even though you never knew what you were really doing.


Things are a little different now.

You have experienced pain and heartbreak,

despite my very best efforts to help you otherwise,

but I was there with a flashlight for you,

returning the favor.

You now know the full extent of all you did for me,

which makes it harder for me to hide my pain from you,

but I know that's for the best.


Still,

time has flown by the last eight years,

and every time I see you,

I still see the awkward fourteen-year-old in my algebra class,

asking if I want to work with her.

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