Yesterday I had some much-needed time with my siblings. It was long overdue and it felt great catching up. I know that negativity and chaos constantly surrounds us, unfortunately, but the events from the recent past just particularly made me feel really sad and just made me want to try extra harder to made sure I made a point to spend time with my family.
A few weeks ago, a terrible car crash in Toronto took the life of a young bride, just a week after her wedding. I get that this type of tragedy happens all too often (sadly), but this particular story really broke my heart because of the circumstances surrounding it. It was one of those scenarios where you had someone who was on the cusp of beginning what was meant to be a very happy and joyful life, only to have it ripped away, so unfairly.
This story just reminded me yet again about the fragility of life and how unpredictable it truly can be. We know how crazy busy our lives can get and time just seems to go by in a blur. I’m sure we always have it in the back of our minds, “I need to reach out to this person, I should give that person a call,” but in the daily blur of your routine, it always ends up just being an intention that never actually materializes. We really need to make a more conscious effort to break away from the trap of everyday life and make time for your loved ones.
The noise you break away from to spend that quality time with them will be ready and waiting for you when you get back, so you can certainly spare the time, even if it’s minimal – just to grab a coffee or a quick bite, the effort will truly go a long way. Never be too busy to spend time with those that matter most. The positive reinforcement you’ll get from being in each other’s company will do wonders for your own lasting happiness and theirs as we continue to grapple with the ongoing challenges of just living and getting by.
Here’s a pic of us from yesterday:
So here’s to the power of sibling love. For those that are only children, I wish you the same sense of familial connection with those few close friends, cousins, or other family members. There is plenty of love to go around.