I have a little bit of an unpopular opinion and I'm not sure who needs to hear this, but here goes. Family is just people you've (potentially) known since birth. They don't need to hold anymore weight in your life then their behavior allots them.
I'm sure we all grow up holding family to the highest regard. In pop culture, there's significance around the term blood related. We give them a special treatment that isn't normally reserved for anyone else.
And I think that's great.
For most of us that means starting off your life with someone of importance and having someone to care for or in reverse care for you is exactly what this world needs more of.
But that doesn't mean all relationships exist that way.
A lot of us hold that notion too close to our hearts. We accept toxic behaviors from our loved ones, just because we feel like we have to.
Too many of my friends suffer this holiday season, surrounding themselves with "family" and find themselves drowning during a period that's meant to be joyous.
Well to that I say... don't put yourself through that.
You deserve more and there's no reason you need to drown to accept being treated in a way that you wouldn't accept from anyone else in the world.
If you wouldn't let a friend or stranger treat you a certain way, why let a family member? The answer is simple. Don't.
The minute I accepted that rule in my life, my celebrations have been happy, healthy and something truly worth celebrating.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, thank you for the support and love these past two years. I have a lot to be grateful for.
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