introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.”
Often times, it is in those moments where "choice" is supposedly taken away, many of us find our greatest joys and learn our most important lessons. And our families are the people we often experience those moments and times with. And while family life is far from the rosy picture that is sometimes imagined, I think it has a certain kind of perfection, one that cannot be crafted, rather just is. It's raw, real, and authentic and this makes the good times, amazing, and the not so good times, seemingly unbearable.
I personally prefer this to the idealized version of family, where everyone is happy all the time, because frankly that is unrealistic and unhealthy. The trials and struggles are what make families strong and relationships resilient. It is messy and difficult. Sometimes, you wish you didn't have to deal with the situations that you are put in, but life is such that we'll always have those types of things come up. The question left is "how do we choose to deal with them?"
Anyways, my point is, family is special, and a kind of special that cannot be replicated or recreated elsewhere.
So, let's try to appreciate it and all that comes with it, because at the end of the day, those people were put into your life for a reason.