The Best Way To Celebrate Family On Father’s Day
Both Mother’s and Father’s Days are, as we all know, a day to celebrate our parents and the impacts that they have had on our lives. While we are expected to be grateful year-round, these holidays are a designated time to rejoice and appreciate the things these pillars in our lives have done for us throughout our upbringing.
Of course, as we also know, not everyone in this world is lucky enough to have both parents in their lives. They may come from a single mother, a single father, or a parentless household. To some, this day is more of a reminder of the empty hole in one’s family tree. Recognizing this is important, because it is important to be just as sensitive to everyone’s individual situation as we are appreciative of our own.
Given both circumstances, it can be difficult to go about these holidays. So, I propose we look at it them in a different light.
Give thanks to the people who raised you, period. Thank your mother for being a great mother, or your father for taking on both parental roles. Thank your father for being a strong male figure in your life, or thank your mother for being strong enough to provide everything for you on her own. If you were raised by other relatives or guardians, thank them too. These days should not be a day to be sad for anyone, but a celebration for those that helped get you to this point in your life, regardless of the title. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents, or even friends.
I can’t change your outlook on these days, nor can I change the makeup of your family. But what I can tell you is that “Mother’s Day” and “Father’s Day” should not be interpreted in such a black and white light. It is a beautiful thing to be raised by two loving parents, and it is just as beautiful to be raised by one parent, or by a relative, or by someone that isn’t even related to you.
Hold On to the Positives
You are alive, you are healthy, and you are loved. Mother’s Days and Father’s Days can have much more meaning and depth to them than just their mere titles. They are days to recognize those influential figures in your life that helped you become the person you are today. Keep a happy heart and positive outlook on these days.