I've been struck more often than not in conversations with people about their families and the common themes we have on this earth, there ain't no perfect one! Looking in, some appear to have it all together - two parents (with vocations), two kids, a family home, a pet, family holidays etc. But if you were in that family looking out? Dad is too strict, Mum has a drinking problem, one kid has a learning disability and you're the kid that might just be the glue that anchors the crazy together.
I have discovered among my friendships that those of us with a larger friend group are those that tend to find themselves more at 'home' with their group. I have friends who I love that have a small set of friends because theirs is quite close so they really don't need anyone else. I love that. I could say my family are fairly close, in that we all love each other very much; but we've definitely had our problems over the years. Fortunately, as time passes the sore memories of those difficulties have begun to fade into obscurity. That said, I am still the psychedelic sheep among them and they often don't understand my philosophies and path in life so I have purposely weaved a beautiful tapestry of friendships around the globe to feel valued and able to be myself 100%.
Sadly, I know all too well many of you who have never really enjoyed a moment in feeling secure and loved in the family unit or able to make close connections. Many of you are my brothers and sisters facing this illness and sometimes mostly alone. I would like to say to you especially, you're in my family now and you are special and you are LOVED.
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