11. My Family
I’m one of those people that believe that, besides blood, friends can be family. Friends are the family that you choose. The family you are born with can either be amazing or it can fall short of what someone feels a family should be like. But what’s amazing about finding good friendships is that those friends can be like, no - are your family. No family is perfect but what holds a good one together is support, wisdom, grace, compromise, understanding, and love.
In some cases, blood is not thicker than water. I am not denying that ancestry can beat out a friendship - ancestry is history and history is what makes a person. But family is not all of ancestry. I’ve been lucky in life to be able to consider a friend as a family member. Family on this level - water thicker than blood - is a friend who understands me, guides me, gives me reality checks, and is always there to comfort and encourage me. This person always knows how to cheer me up and is a person I can rely on 100%.
My family, blood, is different. They’re the ones who have probably seen me in all my states, because we live together, because we grew up together, etc. There are 6 of us in the house. I love each and every one of them and it’s only recently that I have been recognizing the ways they truly love me. As a kid, you don’t think about it too often but, now I see that what used to be “mean” and “stern” is actually discipline and love.