3 Reasons Why It's Important To Go Home

3 Reasons Why It's Important To Go Home

College is tough, and we need to take a break and to go home every once in awhile.

As soon as we turned eighteen, we were ready to leave home. We could not wait to get out the door and head into the real world -- or at least the college world. However, college is tough and we rarely get time to breathe, so every now and then it's important and healthy to go home. Don't get me wrong, we don't need to pack up and hit the road every weekend because that is unhealthy, but we do need to visit our parents every once in awhile for their benefit and ours. Here a few reasons to help us hit the trail and head home.

1. To Take a Break

It is important to take a break, and what better way to take one then to go home. If your family is anything like mine, your parents will cook for you or take you out to eat, so it's a nice break from fast food and microwave dinners. It is also a great break from the fast pace of college life. Between school, rowing and friends I am constantly going, whether it is to classes, practices or hangouts. So, going home gives me a chance to sit back and relax with my family.

2. To Get Out of a Stressful Environment

Sometimes just getting out of Gainesville can relieve some of my stress, so going home is the perfect way to get out of a stressful environment and give myself room to breathe. I also love being at home. It is one of my happy places, so it is nice to sit at home for a bit and feel removed from the hype and craziness of college. I don't know if it's the familiarity of my room or the coziness of a house well lived in, but it just feels right to be home.

3. To See Our Family

My family was always there for me growing up and made me the woman I am today. It is important that I go back every once in awhile to let them know that I am alive and doing well, but also because I miss them. I know it makes my mom feel better when I am in the same city as her and when she can give me a big hug, so I make sure I come back when I get the chance. I also have the most adorable little cousins, and I love getting to hang out with them.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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