Traditions are an important part of life.
Growing up, my cousins and I would all go to the same beach town every summer vacation. We’d cruise around on our bikes, play games out in the yard, and spend entire days at the beach.
As a one-off experience this might’ve accounted for a blip in my childhood memory, but as a tradition repeated year after year, it became something that’s fondly and forever cemented in my mind.
But as the years went by, my cousins and I all grew up and started to want to do our own things.
Our magical vacation spot began to seem smaller, losing a bit of its charm as the ice cream shop and pizza place we all would go to suddenly closed down one year. Over time we became aware that any number of factors can infiltrate their way into a tradition and cause it to lose its luster, threatening the relationships that are bound by it.
So, what did we do?