In this modern day and age, there’s more than plenty to distract us from what really matters. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to hear about two-Oscar winner Hilary Swank, who has been turning down movie roles in order to care for her sick father.

I don’t claim to be an expert on Swank, but I admire her for this decision to put family first. As she puts it – “Really, what we’re here for is our family, right?” Even so, that’s not an easy choice when you have all the lure of fame, riches and glamour to pull you in the other direction! The family unit is something to be treasured, and often instead of protecting that, we’re encouraged to put ourselves first.

At the end of life, we won’t regret not making more money or our career choices – but we will regret not loving more and not being there for the people we care about.

We need to hear more stories like this – of people in the public eye who are doing good things.

Tamara El-Rahi is an associate editor of MercatorNet. A Journalism graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, she lives in Australia with her husband and two daughters.