Have you ever thought about the importance our families have in our lives? It may not seem like it, but while your parents are arguing where you should all go for a summer vacation, while your widower grandpa is thinking about senior dating and while your sister is constantly yammering about some boy that may or may not like her, you’re all affecting each other in some way without realizing it.
We think that we would be alright on our own, but in truth, our families play a larger role in our well-being than we might think. With that in mind, here are four reasons why family is so important.
1. Love and Understanding
The first and most important thing that you family brings to your life is love. Nobody will love you in the same way as your parents and your siblings, which is why we rarely hesitate to go to our family members for consolation and support.
Furthermore, you can usually count on your family to understand you. Even those people who have been completely rejected by society for looking like this or doing that can always rely upon the fact that their family will embrace them no matter what.
2. Home is Where Your Family is
Not only do people like to travel, but there’s a lot of us that tend to move from place to place while living an independent life. However, what happens when your plans fail and everything you hoped for goes to ruin?
In these (and many more) scenarios, you can always count on your family to be there for you. When you lose all your money, your possessions and your living space, your family will be there to take you in and give you a roof over your head for as long as it takes.
3. Decisions, Decisions…
It doesn’t matter if you’re good at making decisions or not, because even the most resolute people sometimes have trouble making up their minds on certain matters, which is also where family comes in to save the day.
In many cases, people will turn to their family members over partners and friends for advice and opinions on a dilemma their having. Decision-making isn’t always an easy process, especially if many things depend on the outcome of that same process – that’s why it’s always good to have a family you can rely on for advice.
4. Your Family Shapes You
Finally, we’re getting to the fact which not everyone likes, but which makes our family (or a lack thereof) one of the most important aspects of our lives. Be it good or bad, constant or inconstant, your family is largely responsible for shaping you as a person.
What happens to us from the moment we’re born to the moment we die helps carve out a person from a chunk of clay, in the manner of speaking. Both supportive and toxic families most definitely influence us and our personality, but it’s up to us to channel that influence and make ourselves into a
good or a bad person.