For the past week, a friend really close to me is going through a tough time. I'm not writing this to post their business online, but in short, they are losing someone close to them while also another family member is seriously ill. And while trying to be there for my friend, I've realised this whole thing has made me reflect on family as a whole. It's really made me sit down and think.
There was a conversation in the car that really hit me. We were discussing how you realise whats actually important in life when something sad happens, and it's clear what things really matter compared to what doesn't. It all gets put into perspective.
The thing about family is that they have always been there, and you kind of always expect them to be there. You get this impression that they are going to be invincible and you never really consider them leaving you. But life can hit you hard sometimes. And it's only when it hits that you realise how much you take them for granted, or the silly things you had arguments about, or the times you complained about them. And that all seems so stupid in the grand scheme of things.
I think back to my family. And how lucky I am, how much I love them and how proud I am of them. But I don't know if they would actually know that. And the past week has shown me you have to value every little moment, and it's only through the bad times you realise this. I don't thank my mum enough. I don't talk to my brother enough. I don't tell my Dad how much I'm proud of him. I don't tell Grace how much I appreciate her. And I'm going to make a change to that. Life is short, you got to value it, and the people close to you. And you should do that too. Also, remember family doesn't have to mean your related. Family means the people that are there for you, and always will be.
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