"Human relationships, and the effects of relationships on relationships, are the building blocks of healthy development" (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000, p. 4).
In course of our lives, we meet new people everyday and with some, we leave an imprint and wish to continue the relationship. It is quiet impossible to create strong relationship bond with each and every person we know. But for some reasons either it be common interests, intuition, or by nature, we keep certain relationship strong and consistent. Likewise, I also have formed and maintained several important relationships in my life. Being away from family every since kindergarten made me a strong person and the separation anxiety was never my issue. At that time, I took life as it is…Even though I would see my parents once a year; I had strong heart to heart connections with them and with my other family members, which is more important in keeping the relationship strong. Even now my families are all over the place, some in Nepal, and some in United State in different states, but with our ongoing family values and norms, we are able to support each other and spread the love, and help each other when in needs.
One important and special relationship I have is with Soo-Yin, PhD, who was my academy advisor during undergraduate school. We are still in touch with each other. Besides my family and friends, she is one of the most influential and inspirational people in my life. I have known her for now 8 years and we still have that strong bond of teacher-student, mother-daughter, friend-friend relationship…When I need the guidance, she is the one who is able to understand me the most and always have ways to help and guide me towards the right directions.
Friendship is something that never ends...along the roadblocks, we come to many faces in life and we need someone besides family members or adults to share our feelings and excitement. I have many great friends with whom I share many important value of life. I have good set of friends with whom I share personal as well as professional matters. Friendship is a beautiful journey and I believe being there when needed is the most important aspect of friendship…