As we all turn our attention to gratitude and family this time of year, it’s important to remember that not all families look the same.
In fact, most families, as you start to look a little more closely, really are drastically different!
From large families, to small ‘traditional’ families, blended families, and those that count animals as equal members, everyone’s family takes a different shape – and that really is something to be grateful for.
While I personally don’t have any children, I have always had a special bond with animals – a more loving pull than I have ever had with any human baby!
While some people may not understand this, what’s important is reminding yourself that we are all allowed to create our own family experience – and that there’s never one type of family that’s better or more important than another.
My husband once asked me about what would happen if I found myself in a room with both a baby and a puppy. He wanted to know which I would be more likely to gravitate towards.
Without any hesitation, my answer was “The PUPPY!” For me, my animals are every bit as important and beloved as my own child would be.
Of course, as much as we can “create” our own families, including friends and animals along the way, we’re also given the families we have, for better or for worse.
So, whatever your familial situation might be this time of year, remember to spend time being grateful for what you have and what you’ve created.
There’s no one right way or ‘ideal’ way when it comes to surrounding yourself with people you love and who love you right back.