We love making new friends.
It's incredibly special when you meet someone for the first time and connect with them straight away. It's exciting, fun and makes you feel less alone in the world. Of course, we all know that, like plants, friendships need to be consistently watered so that they might survive. Scientists say that a friend that you keep for over 7 years is, more often than not, a friend for life.
Nevertheless, as we grow older, it's inevitable that friends get into relationships, move to different places, and make other friends. Yes, we will probably stay in touch with our special friends, but can we rely on them to consistently, and eternally care about our health, happiness and over-all well-being? Not always.
This is where family comes in.
When you were/if you are a teenager, you probably found it incredibly irritating when your mum naggingly asked you questions about what you'd done that day, who you'd been hanging out with or what you'd like for dinner. Our attitude was, urm, can you please give us some space? How times change. Now that you live on the other end of/in a different city, it's you that pesters your parent on the phone every half an hour!
Family is such a valuable and important gift. It's the first lesson we are given about relationships with others. The word holds great significance too. Family means to feel like you have security, someone you can share your problems with and to have someone you can rely on.
What family means to us is unwavering love and affection. Someone that will be there for you, through the good times and the bad. Family is all about comfort, advice, morals, values, encouragement, understanding, hope, ideals, and faith.
Family will always hold great value because it makes us feel happy and secure, irregardless of what is going on in our lives, of our circumstances. That's why it's so important to treasure and look after the relations closest to you. They are in it for the long-haul.