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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 280 People

    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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    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 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Converted Converted 46-50, M Mar 22

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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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    Related Experiences

    I do not know if its hate or just dislikes me . But i married my husband not them and they are judgmental mean people that nobody else likes so I guess thats ok if they do not like...
    princessandravensmom princessandravensmom 36-40, F 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    I used to believe they were real but after seeing the process for long enough I no longer believe they last and become real friendships without physical real world connections. I...
    4myinnerchild 4myinnerchild 51-55, M 1 day ago

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    Internet friends are interesting complicated exciting. Some I sit and have morning coffee chatting away, others talk religion politics, or football. Others are there in the...
    willisca49 willisca49 66-70, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I have yet to find a friend I can call a Best Friend Forever. I guess at 23 if you don't already have that in your life, you may never find it. I've lost touch with my high school...
    Brokenpanda Brokenpanda 22-25, F 11 Responses 2 days ago

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    This group is too funny. Think? I think there are some crazies here? Aw hell. I KNOW it! I might just be one.
    Some1umayNo Some1umayNo 46-50, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    "The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start trying to count them on one hand, you don't...
    RememberTomorrow RememberTomorrow 31-35, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    We do everything from teach kids who are far to young to potty train just because parents think diapers are icky to dressing our young girls like Barbie dolls. We need to let our...
    brunettemomof1 brunettemomof1 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I used to have one. I am not sure if we are still friend or not because we don't chat much like before. Therefore, I think I had one, but not anymore. She met me online through...
    Tarynymous Tarynymous 22-25, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have internet friends that treat me better than my real life friends. My real life friend Just ditched our plans on Friday... which happens to be my 21st B-Day. Just so she can...
    JustDevy JustDevy 18-21, F 13 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'll start from the beginning. When I was about 3 or 4 my mum met my first step dad. Early on we discovered he was an alcoholic. From then on a lot of days off were spent searching...
    Travellingmagnet Travellingmagnet 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    In fact I know it. Women can be too, but by and large I think women are less oblivious and should be held more accountable for inconsiderate behavior. I don't mean to apologize...
    mickitg mickitg 41-45, T a week ago

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    looking for someone to start a friendship with lesbian looking for other 18 and over lesbians.
    reginacali12 reginacali12 22-25, F Aug 21

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    Last week, my wife and I went hiking for a couple of days in a high-elevation mountain area with a longtime female friend. It was hot, and in two or three of the lakes, we both...
    JustmeinSeattle JustmeinSeattle 61-65, M Aug 20

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    I wrote few days earlier a farewell post about my dearest friend but today I want to announce I was mistaken. I never lost my dearest friend, I thought he was, I wanted him to be...
    StrongWoman9 StrongWoman9 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    I do and I think that it's possible to say that without the sexual context associated with it. I think women are too often labeled as sex objects. I like the natural beauty of...
    Tickler116 Tickler116 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 19

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    As I posted in a reply to another in this group -- I would be very happy to be naked/nude (pick your term) with friends and family. I enjoy being nude whenever I can and...
    21finish 21finish 66-70, M 1 Response Aug 18

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    once I thought I had good friends. they ended up putting each other against me... never knowing they coused all that misery themselves.
    Belgianbro Belgianbro 18-21, M Aug 18

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    I wish if i could do the cloning of myself. I know as just being a good friend is a good thing. It is like if i could clone my own self and be friend with my cloned self. It will...
    sensitiveguy36 sensitiveguy36 36-40, M Aug 17

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    Good friends are rare because people often get along until you both or one of you had his mask off and get to face the dark side of that person or each other. The question later...
    StrongWoman9 StrongWoman9 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 17

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    especially if you are the one always compromising and later give up because the 'friend' never cared as much as you did.
    WanjiraLee WanjiraLee 18-21, F 7 Responses Aug 17

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    A lot of my friends have trampolines in their back yards and I will just not get on them and jump because I've heard so many stories of kids falling and getting seriously hurt on...
    iamabigtease iamabigtease 13-15, F Aug 15

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    I am the gayest person ever and 99% of my friends are LGBT as well. It's just fate I suppose!
    beautifulbizarre beautifulbizarre 16-17, F Aug 15

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    Even though I do believe that some internet friends are real, I tend to wonder whether they behave in their real life the way they do on the Internet. It makes me want to meet...
    Drastine Drastine 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 15

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    Here is a letter reprinted from my magazine Christian Home: When I was 14, I was being raised by my mother, an aunt and older sister. My father had long ago abandoned the family...
    TeachingRespect TeachingRespect 51-55, F Aug 14

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    I do! I have a few friends from internet and some of them are really nice. Wondering why do the best people live far away :(
    ellcios ellcios 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 14

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    we are all equal no man,woman or child is greater than the next. i hate it when people have a superiority complex. men thinking they are better than women because of brute strength...
    loveknowsnobounds loveknowsnobounds 31-35 Aug 13

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    I've been alone for many parts of my life, I'd go years without a friend in the world, and then I met Audrey on a company vacation in Cuba! We became best friends, we would go...
    Jesusfoundme Jesusfoundme 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    I have many friends. However, I am always closer to those that I meet online. I have tried telling my friends about these online friends, but they always say stuff like "they could...
    Thisismyname247 Thisismyname247 13-15, M 7 Responses Aug 12

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    I know my parents do but, I feel like some of my irl friends judge me because most people I meet now are from online. I'm more outgoing and energetic online and people don't judge...
    AwkwardTomboy AwkwardTomboy 18-21, F Aug 11

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    i have met so many people on the internet...and then ended up meetin in real life. i have suceeded. but it seems once i got a boyfriend- it got harder to meet people. i mean...
    danna223 danna223 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    I always meet nice people on here and then they leave. Some I don't mind but some I do mind if they just leave because we have so much in common and I believe internet friends are...
    KayKay90210 KayKay90210 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 11