In today’s society, families have had the misfortune of facing a variety of difficulties; some, unfortunately, struggle with more aspects of life than others. However, one vitally important aspect of being a family unit (biological or chosen) is spending quality time together, not just quantity time. What I mean by spending quality time together is that, regardless of the amount of time that is spent in each other’s presence, each individual has left that amount of time having learned something or grown as a person. Quantity time, itself, is not a bad thing, but it’s important that it is met with some degree of positive qualities so that each family member has left changed for the better.
Each family unit is made of different people with completely different personalities, interests and dislikes, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and so on and so forth. Some families are biological family groups while others are made of groups of friends who deeply care for each other as if they were biologically related. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family) simply defines “family” as “a group of people who are related to each other, a person’s children, and a group of related people including people who lived in the past.”
My biological family and my chosen family are both very important to me, and each individual has played a role in how I respond to trials and joyful moments, as well as encouraged me to pursue my passions and interests. Growing up, my parents helped my sisters and me cultivate our interests and passions through participating in a variety of activities, visiting various places like museums, national parks, monuments, and spending quality time together. They took an individual interest in each of us and spent time getting to know us as individuals and not just as their children. Now, as an adult, although I don’t get to see my nieces and nephews as often as I’d like, I enjoy spending time with each of them and getting to know each of them as they grow. Even with my chosen family, time is important and cherished whether we’re having deep conversations about difficult topics or are watching movies or are playing different games.
Barbara Bush once said, “I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.” (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_family.html). With the understanding the American society continues to be facepaced and busy, take some time daily to spend with your family, whether it’s sitting down to watch a television show, play a card game, FaceTime, SnapChat, or making an old-fashioned phone call. Invest your time wisely with those you love.
“Family.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 June 2016.
“Family Quotes.” BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 21 June 2016. <http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_family.html>.