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Let’s Remember To Take Time To Always Be Thankful For Those Around Us

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCLA chapter.

The holidays are coming up, which means it’s that time of the year where family and friends gather around to create new memories. It’s a beautiful thing to do, so we must not forget to take time to meet with our loved ones.

I know we all have busy schedules, and that is completely understandable! However, we also have to realize that as time goes by, our relationships with our loved ones might weaken. We tend to miss out on the beautiful things around us because we are so focused on ourselves. I have a bad habit of missing out on the things around me because of school and work. Both take up a lot of my time, and I feel like I am missing out on spending time with my little sister who is growing up right before my eyes. It is important to emphasize the need to meet and spend time with your loved ones.

There are plenty of ways to stay connected! You can hangout, FaceTime/Zoom or text; the possibilities are endless! Of course, this is not something you have to do every day, but doing it at least a couple of times during the month can go a long way. I know it can be hard to create time (even I have a hard time), but I do my best to make time even if it means I will be tired. I want to make sure I create as many memories as possible before it’s too late. Do something that works for you because self-care is also important! Do not burn yourself out; your family and friends will understand.

As Thanksgiving approaches, let’s take time to be thankful for those around us. Everyone has different involvement in their lives. For some of us, it’s a tough year, and for others, not so much. Nonetheless, we should appreciate those we have because we don’t know what the future holds for us. Sending them a thank you text message or giving them a call can be a way to show your appreciation. If you have time in your schedule, you can always gather around for a family dinner or “friendsgiving.” There are many options to keep in touch; it’s just a matter of actually making time. Let’s remember that school and work are important, but your loved ones are even more so. It won’t hurt to make time for them. You might just end up having more fun with them!

Maria Alfaro is a fourth year student at UCLA majoring in Sociology and minoring in Spanish. She joined HerCampus at UCLA in 2021 and ever since has been able to do what she enjoys; write and share her stories with everyone. Her love for journalism grows with each story she gets to write. She loves to meet new people and learn new things. In her free time you can find her exploring the city of LA, dancing, binge-watching, blogging or relaxing.