Over the last 21 years of my life, I can safely say that many things have changed, which is inevitable of course. I have grown up somewhat, people I knew when I was growing up are figuring out their lives and what they are passionate about, and everything else is in a continuous cycle of growing and changing. However, when there are those days when the weight of the entire world seems to be pressed upon my shoulders, I know my family is always there for me.

I am thankful enough to have such a great relationship with my family. We are always so open with one another, sometimes it is actually scary, but I wouldn't want it any other way. Between my parents and my older brother, I'd like to think that we have shared some good times with one another and I will reflect on those memories for the rest of my life.

Some college students may think that spending time with your family is stupid and boring, but honestly, I just feel bad for them because they probably do not have such a strong bond with their family like I do and I wish others could experience the feeling. I mean, half of the time people think my mom and I are sisters and I just roll with it now because it's too funny not to. But that is the kind of bond I love having with my family because it's also an adventure.

I know at the end of the day, my parents and older brother will always be there for me, no matter what. They always support whatever decisions I may need to make in order to better myself and that is something I will never take for granted. If I am having a stressful day or week, I know I can count on them to make me smile. Especially my dad because he is always full of random jokes and lives to make me laugh.

It might sound cliche', but I honestly wouldn't be the person I am today without my family. Through the good times and the bad, we always stick together and remember to love one another and there is nothing else I could ask for. We may all have our spiteful moments with each other, but that happens with every family. I would not trade any of the moments we have shared for anything else, so thank you guys for never giving up on me and for continuing to show me, endless love and support, even when I may not deserve it.

Always remember to reach out and thank your parents for giving you such an amazing life. Keep in touch with your siblings and don't forget to hang out with them every once in a while. Without your family, who knows what kind of person you would be today. Cherish all the memories you have, both the good and the ugly. Your family is precious and we should embrace that every single day and not just when it is convenient.