It’s National Sibling Day! And I wanted to pick a topic along these same lines that I know means a lot to most of us…Family. I’m really excited about this topic, it’s one I hold close to my heart, one I cherish and that helps keep me going.
I asked a few people in my life to share what family means to them because I believe family is defined differently for everyone. You’ll read below something that my friend will share with us that I think is very special. Your real family is not always blood family. That doesn’t matter, family is someone who is always there for you. They look past the pain and hurt you’ve been through and love you for who you are.
“For me family is like a breath of fresh air in the deepest of smog. It’s a clear night sky filled with millions of beautiful sparkling lights. It is wonder, and joy. To me family is peace. It’s my ground and my safety net. Without my family I am not sure I would be able to breathe, or thrive, or be happy in any way. Teaching my son something over and over and the moment he finally learns what I’ve taught him gives me a feeling that is so hard to explain. It’s pride. Hearing my daughter cry for me and picking her up and seeing the reassurance, trust and love on her face… It’s what I live for. I feel grateful everyday to be a part of such a wonderful thing. Family is passing down what you believe in and making a difference in the world. It may only be a small difference like teaching your children to be kind to those around them, or to help those who need you if you are able to do so. No matter the size of the difference it still makes an impact on our world. That is truly special and important.” –Brittany Mattix
“Family is everything, whether it’s by blood or not! It’s our past, present, and future. It’s our place of safety and security, our place to learn who we are, to also learn love and forgiveness. It’s our support system.” –Giulia Sala, Age 20
“Love, hope, peace, awesome and compassion are the words that describe family to me. Family is always there and you feel safe and secure.” Anna, Age 10
For me, family is everything. I believe it’s one of the most important things in our lives. It’s the shared memories, joy and knowing we can all count on each other. I don’t know where I would be without them today. I want to share with you a bit of my story that helped shape me into the woman I am. When I was 2 months old, I came to my family as a foster child. At 2 ½ years if age, the adoption papers were signed and I was theirs! They took me in and loved me unconditionally and I’m forever grateful for that. I look back on where I’ve come from and I can’t wait to share the values that my family has lived by. A couple of things that stand out to me are having integrity and being compassionate. I can’t wait to share that someday with a family of my own.
I would like to encourage you to find the good things in your family and focus on that. Whatever that looks like for you, hold on to that because family is so important. If changes need to take place, you should take the inactive and become that change that you feel you and your family may need. Talk to them, embrace every moment you have with them. Look out for the good in them and encourage one another.
Krystyn Slauenwhite works within her family business Sojourn Signs in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Some of her passions include writing, working with kids, being with family and friends and traveling. She is continuing to further her interest in the business world.