Before, I took family for granted. They were always there, and I knew they were. I loved being with them, but I definitely didn't appreciate them on the scale I do now. They were literally steps away from me, instead of hours. And life was relatively simple.
I have grown to appreciate and love them in a way I never knew before. I would literally do anything for them. They are the greatest people in my eyes and I look up to them always. I am so thankful that I was able to see them this weekend and watch my little brother wrestle in a tourney for his first time as a high school athlete. It was so fun but it's always a tear-fest when I have to say bye.
A few words from experience - Don't drive when emotionally unstable. It's kind of like not driving when drunk. You literally cannot see and it causes massive headaches by the time you reach your destination. You think I'm kidding but I'm 100% serious. I almost crashed and that would've been awful.
Also, SLC is absolutely stunning.