This may sound strange to a lot of people, but I want to know why people think family is important? Perhaps I should explain. I come from a somewhat dysfunctional family. I’m not close to either of my parents and I haven’t spoken to my siblings in years. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is very close with her family. Because of this, she doesn’t want to move overseas with me, despite an amazing opportunity, would never want to live more than a twenty minute drive from her parents and insists on having them around for all her big moments, graduation, birthdays, etc. I can’t see why they need to be such a big part of her life, especially considering half the time they drive her crazy. I don’t think I’m particularly damaged for not having my family close to me. So…why is family important?