I have a bit of a challenging relationship with much of my immediate family. Perhaps it’s just because I have lived in close proximity to them and their quirks for my entire life, but as of late, I am rather inclined to get as far away from them as I can and get on with the rest of my life while maintaining minimal contact with most of them.
I’m trying to do the right thing and not to run away from any responsibilities I may have to them, but I am having difficulty discerning what those responsibilities are. How do you honor the Fourth Commandment and such while simultaneously going your own way in a situation like this? If you are financially independent, what obligations still remain? My mother (who I have the best relationship with by a long shot) has essentially given me her blessing to leave and never come back, if I so choose, but I doubt such a path would be morally permissible.
I’ve read that honoring your mother and father can sometimes best be accomplished from afar, but I guess I would feel a little guilty applying that principle to my situation because I don’t feel like my reasons are dire enough to warrant it. It’s not like there’s some traumatic or toxic situation going on - the lot of them simply irritate me to the hilt and I don’t wish to be around them.