It was my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday today. To celebrate, he and my sister hosted a BBQ round their house yesterday. It was mainly a family affair, although I have quite a small family so the majority of the party was made up of his cousins, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and his sister.

I only know a few of his family well, but it was a really good day nonetheless

It’s easy to forget how important family are.

Regardless of how big or small your family is, it’s important not to lose sight of just how important they are. And it’s remarkably easy to lose sight of this, especially if you live close by and see each other frequently. I am definitely guilty of this and too often apathetic to make an effort when I really know I should, usually because it’s so easy and I can see them most weeks. It’s not an excuse, but it’s the truth,

Some friends can be added to that precious list of people you trust and treasure, but family are the ones most likely to stick with you through the most difficult times and the ones most likely to be there at the end.

Family are the ones most likely to be there at the end.

I have made a real effort to get to know my parents as people over the past couple of years. It’s amazing how fascinating they really are and how (hopefully) you genuinely enjoy their company. My sister likewise. We grew apart many years ago but have grown a lot closer again in the past five or six years.

I have reached my point quite quickly (I was settling in for a long blog post). But it is quite simple and there is no need to drag it out any longer than needed. Family is the most important thing we ever have and it doesn’t stay around forever, never forget that.

Photo by Irina Murza on Unsplash

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