I left Portugal when I was 7. Left all my family behind and moved to South Africa because my dad worked in the hospitality business. Leaving my older brother behind was and remains to this day one of the hardest thing i have ever done.
Grew up with mother my whole life and because we didn’t have a lot of money we couldn’t afford to go back home. Would literally see my family every 5 years!!
My relationship as a result of my infrequent visits with most of my family members is minimal to say the least but we always knew that WE ARE FAMILY. That little bit of wisdom has come to me with age I guess … when was younger I was a little more arrogant and I guess held a lot of ‘hatred’ towards my own situation that let that affect a lot of the relationships and/or perceptions I had of a lot of my family members.
But let me tell you that I can’t even begin to explain what it felt like to have some of my family at our show in Portugal, seeing what I do for the very first time live. I couldn’t look at them during the concert cause I would get too emotional but occasionally I would glance past them and I could see the pride in their eyes. I only wish my father could have seen me do my thing.
Treasure your family, even though I know they can irritate you the most. Treasure your loved ones and the people that love you.