however, what really, truly stands out for me today is my family.
like most families, ours is an interesting relationship. despite its challenging qualities, it is most definitley built on a solid foundation of unconditional love and support. i am blessed to have been born to two hard working, endlessly loving, wildly patient and wholly supportive parents.
i never question and never had to question whether i was and am loved. my parents sent me to school, fed me, clothed me, and allowed me to explore whatever curious endeavors appealed to me. and all without judgement.
additionally, i count my lucky stars for my little brother. we are super close and can talk about anything. although there are four years between us, i am still able to receive such grounding, amazing bits of wisdom from him. he makes me laugh harder than almost anyone i know.
outside of my immediate family, i am lucky to have such encouraging, unique, and loving relatives. my aunts, uncles, and cousins are such genuinely sweet people. i’ve literally been surrounded by love from the moment i entered the world. our family makes it a point to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special events together. i know that, if faced with an issue, i can lean on the support of every aunt, uncle, and cousin.
not a lot of people can say that about their families.