This week has really got me thinking about family and how lucky I am to have amazing people in my life! It’s also given me time to think about what and who is important to me.
In the “olden” days family was your blood, your typical 2.4 children family. Nowadays family can and does come in different forms. Your family is not just the family your were born into.
I am lucky to have my wonderfully supportive Mum and Dad who have always been there for me through the good and bad times. My poor Dad has moved me more times than he’d care to mention from Cleethorpes to London, London (twice cos I’d miscalculated the amount of stuff I had) to Scotter, Scotter to Manchester, four house moves whilst in Manchester, Manchester to Scotter and finally Scotter to Cleethorpes….let’s hope that’s the last time eh Dad! 😉
I have my brother Daniel, his wife (my new Sister-In-Law yay) Kreshma and her little girl, my niece who always manages to make me laugh!
I also have my super supportive and loving partner John who makes me laugh and smile every day, as well as his family who have welcomed me into their family with open arms!
But I have family that aren’t “related” to me at all, my friends, one of which I met when I was four years old on the first day of school (Mel), those I met throughout my school life and then those who I have met on my travels around the country and world. I am very lucky to have them, lending an ear when I need a moan, enjoying a crazy night out (although Party Gemma takes a bit of a back seat these days) and being there to celebrate my acomplishments and life goals.
Family to me means supporting each other, being able to be honest, tell each other when they are wrong (I do listen sometimes Mum honestly), loving each other no matter what and being there through the good and the bad times.
Sadly not all people have family or friends to fall back on, according to Age UK almost a million older people in the UK go for a more than a month without speaking to anyone. This isn’t just an issue with the older genration though, according to a report in the Independent young people (aged 16-24) feel lonelier than any other age group. Charities such as Friendship at Home and Not Home Alone (links below) do fantastic work helping to combat isolation and loneliness across North East Lincolnshire to improve older people’s quality of life.
I think that community is so important and after living in a couple of big cities I think North East Lincolnshire has a fantastic community feel to it, I am sure not everyone will agree but I feel lucky to have the support I mentioned above but also the support with my blog from people I don’t know and the wider business community.
If we can help to do our little bit and support those closest to us, but also support people we don’t know. Building people up not tearing them down I think the world would be a better place and hopefully “Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person”.
Friendship at Home: http://www.friendshipathome.org.uk/
Not Home Alone: https://www.facebook.com/NotHomeAlone/
Independet Article: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/young-people-loneliness-intense-study-a8563056.html