Let’s dive deep into the topic called ’ Family’. It is defined as a group of 2 or more people who are related by birth, marriage or adoption and live together. That’s the ideal version of the word and has been considered as something that defines our core identities. Have you observed any changes in how we perceive ‘families’ today? Isn’t there a shift, about who we consider our close ones and who we consider important ?
In the past, the social status of any family was measured, when they were included at family celebrations, festivals or even religious rituals. This was considered to be ‘inclusive’ and helped individuals to stay rooted to their core values and beliefs, families and identities.
Now, this definition of family structure has taken a complete U turn where migration, relocation for work purposes or choosing to study, away from family is normal. Shifting to another location, striving hard to adapt to that new location and also learning to thrive through challenges is undoubtedly an uphill task. Is this one of the few reasons why we notice a shift in the family dynamic?
In this new setting, individuals are more vulnerable and open with their friends and colleagues rather than sharing and maintaining ties with relatives. The physical distance from family has now been transformed to mental distancing, too. The fear of missing out looms large, triggering a trend to stay connected with this ‘newly acquired family’ and not losing out on their recently developed and nourished friendships. Would these new relations that may be based on academics or work, continue forever? Will there be a sense of compassion and acceptance that was found in blood relatives ultimately find apt replacements? Whether we come closer to our blood ones or move further away from them because of being uprooted, only time will tell!