Family traditions are something many of us grew up with. As we get older, we tend to get further away from these traditions. For some, it’s because of differences, for others because of distance. This is when people find themselves creating new traditions with their friends to help keep in touch..
I have always been big on traditions, whether it’s commonplace holidays or new ones like ‘friendsgiving’ and ‘friendiversaries.’ I also have just as much love for the smaller traditions. For instance, meeting a friend once a month for a promised cup of coffee or a game night.
Traditions we create with friends are not meant to replace the traditions one may have held with their family. These events are just fun times that bring you joy to share with your ‘chosen family.’ These traditions are so important because they challenge us to slow down and take time to appreciate the simple things that often go overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These traditions help us cherish the small things, slow down, connect and strengthen the bonds with those around us.
Life sometimes overshadows the importance of traditions.
However, it’s still important to connect and share with the people around you. These traditions allow us to take a step back, focus on just those around us, and disengage from work life. When we step away from those distractions, including phones and social media, we begin to see the genuine moments. The moments in life that can bring us deeper joy. No matter what happens to the relationships you hold now, whether they’re romantic or friendly, there is still such joy in creating these new traditions and having sweet memories for years to come.
whether they’re romantic or friendly, there is still such joy in creating these new traditions and having sweet memories for years to come.
Create as many fun memories as you can. Celebrate the small moments. Take time to show those around you that you love and appreciate them. You will be grateful you experienced these traditions when you did. At the end of the day, these people in your life will hold much more value to you than most other things you have to make time for on the daily.