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The Importance of Family

The Importance of Family

By Alyssa Norden

In the words of one of my close friends, “Life is a journey.” Now more than ever do I realize the truth to this statement. As a child I always dreamed of leaving this small town and experiencing the world. My life journey brought me to Brazil, Hong Kong, and South Korea. I even had the opportunity to live in New York City and Los Angeles. All of my adolescent life I dreamed of a life of adventure away from home. Each city turned out to be even more beautiful than I would have ever dreamed. If someone would have told me that I would return to my roots I would have had a good laugh. I loved my new life of adventure and possibilities.

It was not until recently that I had a realization. The longer that a tree grows the further the roots secure it into the ground. Where did I want my roots to stabilize me? In New York City? Los Angeles? What would my life look like? What is the most important thing in my life? Before this moment I thought that I knew. A city life excited me with the possibilities it brought.

My sister recently adopted the most beautiful baby boy that I have ever seen. Watching her little family sprout and the love that surrounded them from our family put my entire life into perspective. Before this moment I did not realize the sacrifice that a life in New York City would be. The importance of family is extraordinary and indescribable. Missing family celebrations, surgeries, and a baby’s first steps were not worth it. My dream was changing before my eyes.

So it is with great pleasure that I have moved back to my hometown. The past few months have proved to me that I have made the right decision. The importance of family was too substantial.

This brings me to Acting Out Theater Company. It is like a big family. I want to urge you to be a part of this family through Beauty and the Beast. It will be a life changing, eye opening experience. Come and be a part of our family! More info HERE!