Your family story is, to some degree, your story. Your parents, grandparents, and so on through your lineage all contributed to who you are as a person. Even so, we don’t always know our family members as well as we’d like to think. Ask yourself—have you ever doubted how well you know yourself? From there, it only makes sense that there are discoveries yet to be made about the people closest to you. So, you might take some time to consider whether you can learn more about your loved ones with a bit of effort.
1. Look to what you can’t see.
Regardless of your spiritual beliefs or lack thereof, you can’t deny the fact that unseen factors play into your relationships with the people around you. If nothing else, what about love? However, that’s not the only principle you can consider despite not having a clear visual reference. For instance, what about concepts like numerology or astrology? For living family members or those you’re immediately related to, you may be able to determine their full natal chart. But, if you don’t have details like their exact time and place of birth, you can turn to numerology. For those who follow numerology, its principles can give insight into a person’s deepest self. Consider trying a name numerology calculator to learn about family members, including both near and distant relations. With just a person’s full birth name—an easy enough fact to find—you can learn their destiny path number and all that comes with it.
2. Climb your family tree.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know the birth times and locations of your ancestors, if you can even determine them for your immediate family. Taking the time to make a family tree can seem like a lot of work upfront, but it’s the kind that will pay off with immense benefits. Learning about your family history isn‘t just interesting (while that’s certainly true); it’s a great way to learn where you and your family came from. No matter where you stand in the nature versus nurture debate, there’s no denying that we inherit a lot from the generations that came before us, including traumas and hereditary factors alike. By gaining a better understanding of your own family tree, you’ll be more able to understand your family members, as well as additional information about yourself.
3. Talk to them.
Not every person has the ability to talk to older family members about their lives. However, if you do have that chance, there’s no substitute for this insight. You might ask your grandfather to tell you about his childhood or talk to your great-grandmother about her service during World War II. With each discussion, you’ll learn a little more about your loved ones. Just as importantly, though, you have the chance to experience something that far too many people miss out on the chance to. Someday, we inevitably lose these people, whether through death, illness, or physical distance. When that happens, you’ll have these memories to look back on and stories to share.
Whether you’re taking advantage of a numerology calculator app, researching your genealogy, or talking to a family member one-on-one, learning about the people around you can tell you more than you ever realized you didn’t know. You’ll find mannerisms you didn’t know you inherited from a great-aunt or find out that you have your great-grandfather’s eyes. You’ll learn about the generations that came before you and the challenges they faced—because there will always be challenges. There will be lessons to be learned from that, of course, too. And, just as importantly, you may very well learn things about yourself in the process.
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