What Is Family?

Who do you consider family? What do you consider family and why?

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Family for most people is the concept of mother, father, children, and continuation of their blood line through off spring. Over time the word “family” has evolved. It is safe to say, that all of meanings behind the word family; comes down to those individuals that are commented to being there and loving one another. These individuals are the ones you turn to for advice, emotional support and encouragement.

I was jealous most of my childhood of some of my dearest friends, for having family and support. I have spent most of my life without those things. It wasn’t until I became older, that I developed those kinds of connections with my two siblings. The fact is I’m used to being alone. When I say alone I’m mean no kind of emotional support, advice or encouragement from your typical family individuals. When I was in my early 20’s, family was very much on my mind. I was in a long term relationship with my now ex husband whom, I have two children with. When I was young, of course I was naïve to believe we would grow old together and live happily ever after. We are still a family but, we are a broken one. Together we manage to put aside our differences and be there for our children, the way all children need their parents.

Throughout the years, I have adopted people as family. I call my dearest girlfriends, my sisters and a woman who loves me and mine like we were her own, a mom. These few people know me better than anyone else. I still keep most of my feelings to myself but, they have been there for me when I needed someone the most.

Families are evolving due to diversity and even the idea of its meaning. However support, love and encouragement are still deeply rooted in its theory. When I think about family, blood is not the first thing that comes to my mind. I appreciate and cherish these people I consider my family. Many of us get so caught up in our own worlds that, we forget about the people around us sometimes. The ones we care about and who care for us, made sacrifices along the way, and love us. We often forget to appreciate and value these people. That is until, they are gone.

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