I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately in an attempt to motivate myself to write (Okay, okay I was procrastinating!), and I stumbled upon a post today that really resonated with me.
As a self proclaimed introvert with social anxiety, the thought of attending a large family gathering can sometimes be enough to make me want to curl up into a ball and hide.
This is exactly how I felt as I began reading Shatter The Forth Wall’s post on Surviving Family Occasions.
Family Gatherings Can Be Difficult
The post describes in detail some of the difficulties we must face when attending get togethers with our family, be that a controversial political discussion, overly energetic nephews and nieces fighting for your attention, or a judgmental relative analysing and challenging every life decision you’ve ever made.
Shatter The Forth Wall’s post goes on however to ask an important question, “why do we do it?”. If family gatherings really can be so terrible, why do we even bother going in the first place?
Why Do We Do It?
The answer that I came to realise is that my family matter to me so much because I love them.
Despite the fact that people change over time or the fact that we may not necessarily share all the same views, I share a history and have a familiarity with my family that nothing could ever change and I love them, despite our differences.
Next time you’re dreading that upcoming family gathering, take a moment to think about the people you will see, the memories you have with them and why they are important too you.
What Do You Think?
Do you hate going to family gatherings or perhaps avoid them all together? Or are you a social butterfly who dreads spending time alone? Please let me know in the comments below what you think!