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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Family Vs. Friends

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I think internet friends CAN be real friends is probably a better way to characterize my own thoughts on this subject. I think that one's online friendships can be just as...
    MRH1978 MRH1978 36-40, F 19 Responses Aug 17

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    " A hug is a wonderful thing. It's a marvelous gift to share. It's a grand way to say; "I care." A hug communicates support, security, affection, unity, and belonging. A hug shows...
    Serenita Serenita 41-45, F 1 day ago

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    I think people can relate extremely strongly from online connections, but it depends on how they relate exactly, just like in real life people we interact with whom some might...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 18

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    No, it's not about that we all do some bad things in our lives. I think people in general are naturally evil. All those little things we say affect someone, but most people just...
    Balkan1996 Balkan1996 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 6

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    They are, you know! Ok, we have fake names but what is in a name? I feel l am more myself and real on here than in real life. Don't get me wrong, l do have a few close friends in...
    MistyMoon1 MistyMoon1 41-45, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Disposable It's funny how you can mean the world to someone one minute and be nothing to them the next. Online friendships are new to me. I never did the chat room thing, and my...
    livelaughlovedream3 livelaughlovedream3 41-45, F 10 Responses Aug 27

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    Friends are like mirror You see yourself in it and Come to know about your good and bad qualities. It encourages you for good deeds and removes your bad qualities Always respect...
    RUBYJUTT RUBYJUTT 18-21, F Sep 5

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    since I came to the EP, I started to feel much more shy, because did not know how they would react to whom I now call friends of the heart On the internet there people who are...
    lovingCuteSmartGirl lovingCuteSmartGirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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    Internet friends are awesome, if only I could meet all my internet friends someday, I'd be the happiest person alive and I wouldn't feel all alone anymore :)
    AwesomeErica AwesomeErica 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    Well the thing is. My internet friends are my real friends. I mean the ones I truly care about...Yea they are my real friends! I don't have anyone I can talk to in my sorry social...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    True friends are rare metals. Very rare.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    I believe Internet friends are real because they make you feel better than the ones that are close 2 you and thy are very generous and kind...
    miizfaduma miizfaduma 18-21, F 9 Responses Aug 25

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    What I coincidence I think they are cute too !
    Gelezinis Gelezinis 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    I love black woman I think they are so sexy!!!!!!!!
    cantsleep997 cantsleep997 56-60, M 2 Responses Sep 7

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    I think girls are super lucky... We have boobs.., seriously... That's the best part, When we get horny nobody can even tell. We can wear super cute dresses, skirts, We can...
    youngdesirexoxo youngdesirexoxo 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Just because it would lower crime rate and stop the drug wars(Where I live, that's what people fight for really). I'm not a smoker myself, but I think they should legalize it for...
    whentheyscream whentheyscream 18-21, M 4 hrs ago

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    I do believe that it is easy to find friends online. I also feel that it's totally okay if you start dating or fall in love with each other. I have found many lost friends through...
    devomkar devomkar 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 19

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    Okay, hate maybe abit extravagated. I am not sayings its not dumb. But it does not make one dumb dumb. I could easily come with an counter attack of how dumb the other person is...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 31

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    Is it weird that I kind of hate all of my friends? :/
    SlaveToSociety SlaveToSociety 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 2

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    Do you think that there is a true friendship nowadays?
    Fatemah97 Fatemah97 16-17, F 5 Responses Sep 2

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    You can have a lot of friends and they may be nice to you, or they may be terrible to you. But it's always hard to find that one person, or maybe multiple, that is the best friend...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    My dogs are my kids and my family!
    rubysmom rubysmom 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    The definition of friend is someone with whom you share a mutual bond of affection, so internet friends count! Woohoo. You don't have to have actually met someone IRL to get on...
    ConcreteSleeper ConcreteSleeper 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 19

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    Lol funny story. I remember one night my family went out to and the restaurant had two clowns to "entertain" the children lol. I remember them waving at me and telling to come...
    Chrissaysyourock Chrissaysyourock 16-17, M Aug 27

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    Yes! I have internet friends :) they are from Dubai and Japan :) the three of us are really close :) i am from the Philippines. I met my friend from Dubai through a mutual friend...
    itachiuchiha07 itachiuchiha07 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    And I am trying to come to terms with and accept that fact. I'm 41 and have only had one serious relationship. Aside from that 4+ year span, I've been on maybe a dozen dates in...
    duggrr duggrr 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 3

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    Not a lot of people are true friends I realized this multiple times but each time I said give them another chance but each time I find out they aren't my true friends
    rushman5 rushman5 13-15, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    I have a friend he goes by Tyler, he's the sweetest person ever He has helped me with a lot of my troubles He has a humor I understand I could talk to him for days Very sarcastic...
    EvaJL EvaJL 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    There is a lot of sexual and adult oriented stuff on here. Also a lot about depression, anger, drugs, family situation etc. I would be nice to choose the age range you want to post...
    pmo77 pmo77 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    they really are! i met some people on the internet that have been nothing but joy in my life. finding good friends is hard but it is very easy to meet people up here (when you're...
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    most of my best friends from school are made from facebook 😂
    queentheresa queentheresa 13-15, F Aug 19

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    Should I just give up on real friends? All I have is online friends and no one in my school
    slippingunder slippingunder 13-15, F 8 Responses Aug 20

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    PART-1 So,this is kinda a long story and I will try to abridge it as much as possible.At the end of Jan of this year I started talking I mean writing up to this person anonymously...
    cluemisa cluemisa 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 31

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    we find people who wanna be friends but how many hold the tag of a true friend are very rare....
    romell romell 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 2

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    How do you keep friends from falling for you? I'm a happily married guy that likes to have fun, I'm outgoing and friendly. I'm not a cheater, my wife is on EP too! My problem is...
    Jpfunjunky Jpfunjunky 31-35, M 8 Responses Sep 4

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    True friendship is a treasure you're blessed if you had someone who is true to you and have faith in them as much as they have in you that relationship is the most beautiful kind I...
    leostrong leostrong 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 5

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    Okay so I'm a young 40 year old Scorpio female. I want to meet my Scorpio friends out there. My birthday is October 30th. Who else is a Scorpio, lol
    Nesha40stimeinPA Nesha40stimeinPA 36-40, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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