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Here's the thing about family,
I don't really have one.
I am not married,
I have no children,
and my immediate family is just mum, dad and me.
The three of us. That's all it has ever been.
I look at larger families in envy. I look at all their cousins and second cousins and fourth cousins twice removed and I get jealous of the large support network they have
In fact, anyone who has a sibling I envy.
Now don't get me wrong, I love being an only child. While I don't really know better, I know my situation has its perks and I know I shouldn't complain when there are those with no parents and no siblings. I am, indeed, very lucky.
But that's the thing. I feel like family is becoming what you make it.
There is no perfect definition of what a family is anymore, and because of that I have realised that this 'family' I thought never existed, actually does.
Over the years, I have adopted Stephen's family as my own. I grow more and more in love with them everyday and it's so nice to call his sisters my sisters and his parents my parents (plus his yiayia makes great food!)
I have also created an online family, a collection of friends and bloggers who I can rely on and communicate with to vent and talk to. And while I may have more closer online friends than I do in real life (don't judge me) I feel proud to have them as a part of my life.
may just be is my first priority.
One day, I hope to be a wife and a mother and an aunt and a godmother, but for now I have this family I have created for myself. They may not all share the same blood or chin shape as me but they are family. No one can dispute that.
I am a child of God,
A daughter of two loving parents,
A partner of an amazing man,
And an un-biological sister to many,
and that makes me so happy,
and makes me feel so blessed.
Who does your family consist of?