Thank you for connecting the past to the present.
Tradition has established an anchor for people all over the world when faced with the unknown.
When we don’t know what to do next, we fall back to what we know. When we are feeling lonely, we attend Sunday family dinner. We get married in churches even though we aren’t religious. Sorry is automatic even when you shouldn’t be.
Traditions are beautiful and complicated and wonderful. It is okay to have them and more.
But what tradition has taught us, and it is a hard lesson, is that traditions are not set in stone (even if it seems so). Humans aren’t set in stone, so why do the concepts created by humans have to be?
We shouldn’t let tradition keep us contained or fearful of the unknown. Missing a tradition is not the end of the world, nor does it mean you have forsaken the past. Amazingly, the past is connected to the present always, tradition or not.