During our month of 31 Days to Celebrate Your Life Now we are looking at ways to celebrate our lives and an important part of these celebrations should be celebrating our family and friendships. Life just wouldn’t be the same without the richness that family and friends add to our lives.
Friends and family are there to support and love us and for me, friendship is not measured by the quantity of friends but rather the quality of the friendship. Sometimes, friends can mean more to us than our family and I’ve often heard the phrase ‘you can choose your friends, but not your relatives’.
Having positive relationships with family and friends is important to our mental well-being. Catching up for a coffee, a family lunch or dinner, spending time together is especially important for positive aging. As we age, keeping connections is vital for good health.
Celebrating our Family & Friendships
My husband is my biggest supporter and is always there for me 100%. I am grateful for not only his unconditional love but also his friendship. We are best friends.
The quote I have chosen above, was on a card given to me by my daughter. We share a special bond and relationship and I appreciate the beautiful, independent woman and mother that she has grown to become. We aren’t just mother and daughter – we are friends. I love our tradition of running together each Mother’s Day in the Mother’s Day Classic in memory of my Mum and her Nan.
I think the words of the quote sum up what is really important in our lives – family and friends. We can have possessions and careers, but having people in your life to bring joy, happiness and a sense of belonging is what counts the most.
My darling grandson, Ethan brings me such joy and I love spending time with him each week. He has taught me to take life a little slower and enjoy the moment. He has taught me to rediscover my imagination and appreciate the wonder of life through his eyes.
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to have a ‘cousins’ reunion’ in Adelaide. My favourite cousin, who is like my older sister, her daughter and I flew to Adelaide to reunite with our cousin who I hadn’t seen for 40 years. We spent three wonderful days full of fun, laughter, good food, sightseeing and lots of reminiscing. It was a special time which I will always treasure.
I share a special friendship with my Saturday Sisters who I run with twice a week. We not only run but are there to support, encourage, motivate and listen to each other. It is a comfort having them in my life.
I reconnected with a school friend at our 40th High School Reunion two years ago. We hadn’t really been close at school but through Facebook and the Reunion we have formed a firm friendship even though she doesn’t live in the same State as me. Toni has achieved her dream of becoming an author and you can read about her and her books at https://tonipike.com
Since I started blogging I have also learned the value of ‘virtual’ friendships with other bloggers. I have met some wonderful women, who like me had an awakening in midlife and started to write about their experiences.
In particular, Leanne from Cresting the Hill, lives on the other side of Australia to me but we have weekly chats and are determined one day to have a coffee face-to-face. We have built a great long distance relationship and it has been wonderful to have another blogger in the same niche as me to run ideas past or just talk about the highs and lows of blogging. Leanne will be a guest writer later this week so watch for her post.
So, today take a moment to Celebrate Your Family & Friendships – why not give them a call and tell them how much you appreciate them in your life?
You might also like to read ‘F’ is for Friendship’ , which discusses my thoughts on the different types of Friendships and how our friendships can affect our health in not only a positive but negative way.