Family; we all have one. We may not always get along, but at the end of the day, we would go to the ends of the earth to help them. Family are the people who are going to support us and encourage us no matter what happens. They are the ones who lend a shoulder to cry on and rejoice in celebration too. Home is where ever family is, and family is where ever love is.
My family is close. Being an only child helped solidify the tight-knit bond, because where ever my parents went, I went. As I have gotten older and busier, our family outings have gotten fewer and farther apart, but it just makes the time we do spend together sweeter. We do make an effort to keep a standing dinner date every Friday. Even though I am still at home, it does not always mean that I see and talk to my parents extensively throughout the week. My schedule had me coming and going opposite of my parents’ schedules. I look forward to our standing dinner with my parents and extended family because I know it is a time of my life I will cherish when I am older.
Friends are the family we get to choose. As unconventional as it may be, the family of friends we choose for ourselves are the people who make the days a little brighter and create some of the best memories. I know that no matter what is going on, I can always count on my friends to make me laugh and forget about whatever is bothering me. We often tease that our major is so small and because of that, we are a family. We know each other’s struggles. Not everyone’s experience at college is as positive as mine, but it feels so good to walk through those doors to see a room full of people I genuinely care about and look forward to seeing every day. It has been a little over a week since the end of the semester, and I can already tell it is going to be a long summer without seeing them regularly.
Family can mean many things and include a variety of different people. We are given our designated family, as well as our chosen family. I have a fantastic combination of both. I know I would not be the person I am had it not been for my mom and dad teaching me morals and setting boundaries. My friends challenge me to be a better person and cheer me up when I need it most. My family (given and chosen) believe in me and remind me I can do something when I do not believe in myself. As cliched as it may be, I can honestly say I do not know what I would do without them.
Never forget the importance of ohana.
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