I’m sure your family has traditions that they follow every year.
For instance my family always meets at my Grandma’s house in Iowa for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I personally love this time of year because I don’t get to see my family as often as I’d like.
The crazy thing about all this is that it could change in five years. Hopefully in five years my brother and I will both have careers started. With that being said, there’s a good chance that we could live in different parts of the country. I know my brother is currently interested in moving to Phoenix or Dallas to work for State Farm. According to Pantagraph.com they are hiring/moving 8,000 employees.
I personally have no real desire to stay in Illinois after college. I wouldn’t mind living in Missouri, Kentucky or maybe one of the Carolina’s.
If all this falls into place it will be hard to get the family together. It makes me realize how limited time can be and how you should value time with people you care about.
It’s a sad thing to think about but on the other hand it can also be exciting to start your own traditions. In ten years theres a high probability that my brother and I will both have children of our own. I hope that my brother and I live close enough to our parents that we can all be around each other on the Holiday’s. I want my kids to have more time with their family than I did.
The one good thing about being so far from the rest of your family is that it makes your bond with your immediate family that much stronger. My immediate family has to rely on each other rather than aunts, uncles and cousins. I think that through being four hours away my family is closer than many other families inside our big family.