Nobody’s perfect. The sooner you understand this concept, the better you’ll be. Families are constructed of many different shapes, sizes, personalities and with a doubt – perspectives! It doesn’t matter if you’ve grown up in the same household, or same state, because each person is an individual with their own mind and outlook on life. Disagreements are bound to happen! Despite the fact that you all may have had similar experiences, always remember that does not mean that you all received the same things or learned the same lessons.
My cousins grew up in the same single-parent household, under the same rules and received the same teachings but they couldn’t be more different. When we were younger, they would often fight one another – both verbally and physically – for a plethora of reasons. Whether it was over who’s turn it was to wash dishes or because someone borrowed something without permission, an argument could break out at any moment. Once, the consequence of their actions was that they had to clean the entire house together before my aunt made it home from work. I remember in the beginning, they continuously bumped heads, argued and didn’t get much accomplished. After realizing that they were spending more time arguing than cleaning and that they had less than 2 hours to finish everything, they decided to put aside their differences and work together. My Granny always told us, “No matter what you may be going through or how long it’s been since you’ve spoken to someone, in our family we’re stronger together than we are apart. If you ever need anything, come to one of us because we’re the ones who will help you see it through.”
When it comes to family, you may disagree or not see eye to eye but in the end, they will be there for you when no one else is. If I’ve learned nothing else in life from my family, I’ve learned that no matter how much we argue, fuss or fight, when it all boils down we’re everything each other needs. Separately we lack but together…WE HAVE IT ALL!