I celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with my family up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It was the first time that all of my immediate family had went on a vacation together in over a decade. My parents, sister, wife, and brother-in-law were present.
The weekend was even more special since today marks my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary. My sister and brother-in-law are also expecting their first child, a girl, who is due in September, so there is a lot to celebrate.
Not only was it good to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but it was even better to do so in the mountains, a region that many of us had never been to before. More than the historical sites we visited, great food we consumed, arduous roads we traveled and breathtaking views we encountered, the biggest takeaway I got from this vacation is the importance of family. We just had a great time in each other’s company.
With the exception of your faith in God, family is the only surefire thing you can depend on. They support you and keep you grounded in all aspects of life. The weekend went so well that we’re looking to make it an annual tradition.
I leave the following bit of advice to anyone reading this: Keep your friends close and your family closer.