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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 275 People

    Especially Since I Have No Real Family.

    I no longer have any relationship with my mother. My father has never really been a father, since it was always me taking care of him. My brother might as well just be a stranger on the street. My friends are what hold me together through everything. They always want the...
    immaheidi immaheidi 18-21, F Sep 13, 2009

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    Now That You Say It...

    It's true, I think u pick friends becouse they understand, care and listen to u.They are like brothers and sisters and I have my circle to prove it!
    AngelsReflection AngelsReflection 16-17, F Sep 13, 2009

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    Dark Secrets

                I feel more comfortable telling close friends my secrets or desires than telling my own family..... Friends are so enjoyable especially when you can click with them from the start..
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 28 Responses Jul 20, 2009

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    Or They Pick Us

    for no reason then they care about us even as a silly 12 year old boy to take him in to yourr house beacuse you love him as your own child even knowing both he and your dauther are very much in love with each other then allow them to be married at 13 out of love as you mow both...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Dec 18, 2011

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    Family Vs. Friends

    You can pick your friends, but not your family.
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Aug 29, 2011

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    Friends

    I think friends are the family we pick for ourselves.  Good statement, can't really say more then that.  As they say "treat your friends like family and your family like friends", so many other sayings that say what's in our hearts.  At one point in my...
    looneylulu looneylulu 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 25, 2009

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    I Learned That With My Ex

    I married my Ex when living overseas. She came back to the US with me and my then family told me that they would love her as much as they did me. They rejected us within one day. My Ex, myself and our baby daughter. Their problem with her was the complexion and accent. We...
    CrazyWaterSpring CrazyWaterSpring 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 9, 2011

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    Ode To Friendship.

    This is dedicated to my dear friend Weakestchimp,who has recently left EP.She was one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met on EP and in my life.She was full of compassion for others and deeply understood their pain,always there to give support,a truly lovely person...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 4 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    My Mother-In-Law Says I Look Like My Sister. Which Is Funny Because We Aren't Related.

    I have no blood family to speak of. My father was abusive in many ways I won't list here. My mother (who was a cultist) dropped off the map about ten years ago and I haven't talked to her nor heard from her since. I have six half-siblings on my father's side, none of whom I like...
    Zembelle Zembelle 18-21, F Aug 20, 2013

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    I Pick You!

    In certain situations we run to our families for protection, support and love of course. But there are other times that we need the other family we have. Those friends that have an uncanny way of making the clouds disappear. Somehow the misery goes by the wayside as we chat...
    MegJgeM MegJgeM 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    It doesn't make them happy though, it's a desire that can never be filled, the obsession that somehow out of 7 billion people there is "the one" who when they appear will make...
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 2

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    I think they are for some people. I know for a fact that my dog is my best friend, Christ, he's my family. I love him and i know other people feel the same about their dogs. Others...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 25

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    I believe that it doesn't matter how you know someone, if you enjoy their company and everyone is being themselves then of course internet friends are real friends. I have met...
    thrilloftherisk thrilloftherisk 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 28

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    I've pushed away many good friends with my behavior.....but they are still there for me, I can't say how valuable that is
    nicegirlgonecold nicegirlgonecold 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I have met so many awesome people online. Friends I've known for years now; friends from tumblr, friends from games - friends I've gone on to meet in person, even. The internet is...
    pianodreams pianodreams 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 5

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    One can easily make out if a persons a put on or not while on net..and some genuine people are allways their for every few fakes..spammers..crazys..so look one and dont get...
    romell romell 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 25

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    How do you know if your friends are real and not fake?
    twilightrails twilightrails 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I really truly believe you can become closer with people over the internet as they aren't judging you on looks, by how wealthy you are or who you hang out with but they are judging...
    LiveLaughLoveDance LiveLaughLoveDance 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 8

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    Who ever thinks leotards aren't sexy is crazy! They are the most sexy thing to wear in life in my opinion, and I know girls who wear them love wearing them too
    Fetish4life Fetish4life 18-21, T 1 Response Oct 1

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    But I can promise you one thing darling.... girls like you are a dime a dozen. Your not as hot as you think you are.
    veeshybi veeshybi 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm a tattoo lover... I tend to be more attracted to a person if they have tattoos. But I don't like every kind. Yes every man looks at a tramp stamp! But honestly beautiful...
    N1C07A5 N1C07A5 22-25, M Oct 5

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    I've had a friend from work for about a year now, since I started working their again for the third time... her name is Maria. She came from the phillipenes to work here in Canada...
    AngelMom062013 AngelMom062013 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    Quiet, relaxed. You pick one or two attendants, you delve into them, and sometimes you take one home. Maybe even to bed. Maybe even more than one.
    claudeserr claudeserr 41-45, M 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    Continuation of compliment post, I guess ? I've started a compliment book. (Yes, literally writing compliments you remember and compliments you've given, even how they made you...
    AEHeroine AEHeroine 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    This story is not true but cute. Ryan abd greenlee tell Erica jack Zach and kendal theyre pregnant! After dinner with Jonathan ryan and greenlee arrive at Zach and kendals . U...
    Dollfan32 Dollfan32 31-35, F a week ago

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    Hello, I'm a nice 21 years old guy and I believe in real online relationships. I'm looking for a serious longterm online relationships :) love, sharing, enjoying every real...
    stolzer stolzer 18-21, M 7 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I know my dog (88) is my best friend! I don't have much family. 88 is a beautiful german shepherd I have been blessed to have in my life for 12 yrs now. She has taught me so much...
    Clorey88 Clorey88 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 25

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    Yup Dogs are like humans They protect us and become our friend and family
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 25

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    I have a Facebook page called The Lonely Road. It's for those who have no family or friends and need to be around those who can relate and get together during holidays and have...
    metamorphysis5 metamorphysis5 41-45, F Oct 10

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    Hole is magic. They just work, the lyrics are incredible, and the music makes you feel.
    Nobodysdaughter10 Nobodysdaughter10 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    People find it weird when I stare at them. They don't relize I'm studying their eyes. I only know 3 people who have green eyes. 146 who have brown eyes 14 who have light brown eyes...
    Lilwillbe Lilwillbe 13-15, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I do BELIVE eyes are the window to your soul and people can see them
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    Respecting others as human beings, not holding judgement on their choices-sometimes just saying 'please' & 'thank you' to a random person you interact with can put them on cloud...
    cherryjar cherryjar 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 4

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    I would say a big part of why is that I was picked on and taken advantage of a lot when i was younger, essentially, i was an autistic nightmare, Girls were the first ones to stick...
    thetalkingmushroom thetalkingmushroom 18-21, M Sep 21

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    Out of All My Closest High School Friends... I only stayed in touch with two of them after high school. There are a few others I still talk to from time to time & I'm talking...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 30

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    I have friends.. But I constantly feels that I'm not important to them.. It's like i have to be someone I'm not in order to fit in. I have to impress them or do something crazy to...
    NynnaDavis NynnaDavis 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I think that having friends through the Internet is no different than having a friend in person besides the fact that they don't live near you. I've made so many close friends...
    mads225 mads225 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 6

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    I lost all of them they were older then me one is married one is in college one is in my hometown I moved from with my family I only talk to them like once every other month
    mrloweco mrloweco 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    Right now i have 0 friends in general cause in this world, you have to be confident, rich, handsome and smart to have friends! No one wants fat, dumb, ugly, lazy friend! I always...
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Ok so I'm usually nice to everyone, but there's this kid that goes to my school..."he" bullies me every single day at school. He's transgender and he thinks that no rules apply to...
    BlondeGirlBunny BlondeGirlBunny 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 23

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    When I was little I didn't have many friends so my parents wanted to give me someone to talk to and be with. They got me a puppy who was 5 months old. I named her Scrappy. She was...
    Plungeintoadream Plungeintoadream 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 1

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    How does it go? "Friends, like books. Should be few and good."
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 3

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    Friends that you can confide in and not have them tell everyone. Those are really rare.
    eezybeezy eezybeezy 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 3

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    I can talk from experience. I made a few friends on minecraft when I used to play. We've all quit it now but we still talk every day on Instagram chat and I can tell them...
    iiCHARLIii iiCHARLIii 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I've learned friends come and go . but I have 2 very amazing firends that I know will be here till the very end (:
    alyssabay alyssabay 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    I love these two more than anything. Although I think they love my mom more than me, they're still my world. The happiness and wonder they bring me is indescribable. I will be very...
    MsMelancholic MsMelancholic 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 25

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    I love dogs so much! They are so loyal.
    Thescriptlover Thescriptlover 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 27

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