The Most Important Things in Life: Family and Friends

This is a bit of a soppy, self-indulgent post but I’m going to write it anyway and just keep it short.

For me, my family and friends are the same, my friends are just the family I have chosen. They are the people you can see everyday or once every five years and it makes no difference. They are the people you can be forced to sit next to at school or a stranger you meet on the train and just get along with – you can chat for hours and hours and never be awkward or embarrassed.

Some of my gorgeous family in Zermatt

Good family and friends sip Jagerbombs at weddings with you and let you get in their bed the next day when you’re dying from the worst hangover ever! They Skype you late at night because they’re on the other side of the world and didn’t want to wake you up early. They laugh at you when you fall over skiing but pick you up and check that you’re ok through their fits of giggles. They offer you help and guidance and, although they don’t have to say it, you know that they’ll always be there for you.


They’re the people that, when you think about them, make you smile (and sometimes do that weird laugh you do when you’re alone and you blow more air through your nose). They’re the people that, when you think about them, make your heart swell with love and pride. They’re the most important thing in the world to you and you love every minute you get to spend with them.

Me and my sisters

Today you should call text or Skype your nearest and dearest – you don’t have to be soppy or actually tell them how amazing they are or how much you love them. Just chat, let them know you were thinking of them enough to be bothered to get in touch. Most of all, enjoy that time with them!

3 thoughts on “The Most Important Things in Life: Family and Friends

  1. Although in high school, my mantra was “You can chose your friends, but not your relatives (I was really mad at my cousin at the time), it doesn’t matter. Family are friends and friends are family. You take the good, with the bad, and a whole lot of patience, compromise and good humor. Thanks for reminding me of that!

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