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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Many people don't realize how selfish humans are, and that friendships are a joke. We are friends with ourselves only. There are many things a person could want from you...(We'll...
    Levi1 Levi1 13-15, M 1 day ago

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    My best friends are absolutely amazing!! They made me this award and it totally made my entire day❤️💙💛😘 They always know how to cheer me up and they make me smile...
    bebe805 bebe805 18-21, F Jul 19

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    Good friends are fate. You almost don't even have a choice. It takes time and experience to build friendship. And sometimes it's unexpected. I've known my best friends since the...
    FatmeBazzii FatmeBazzii 16-17, F Jul 10

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    Good friends are hard to find, I met my best friend shortly after I turned 11 and we've been tight ever sense. Now said friend has had A LOT of girlfriends over the years and there...
    misspaperwait misspaperwait 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 10

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    I know that many people out there dismiss anyone on the internet and say that you never know who is really behind the computer because they can pretend to be anyone. That's true...
    PunkinH2O PunkinH2O 31-35, F 10 Responses Jul 11

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    I have a few friends I can call best friends, I am lucky I have them and they are friendships I have had for over 10 years. I trust these friends and can be myself with them. My...
    myworld39 myworld39 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    I do believe that internet friends are real and much better than the 'friends' outside of the computer. I get more help about the issues in my life from some of you guys here than...
    Samaccino Samaccino 16-17, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Yes you are right internet friends are the real there is a nice attachment with each other they are more sincere. I like
    kabooro1 kabooro1 46-50, M Jul 4

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    As strange & sad as it may sound, most of my friends are people on the internet. I actually prefer them to most of the people I know in real life. Especially here on Experience...
    KMargatroid KMargatroid 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    It's gotten to the point where I don't even care if people don't like it, because the truth is, all of my friends are on the Internet. I'm bullied and they understand me because...
    hihowareyouimtess hihowareyouimtess 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    Almost all my friends are online and my brother makes fun of me for this saying I don't know them so I start naming a bunch of facts about them
    MomijiSohma1999 MomijiSohma1999 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    I AM a redhead, so yes I'm a little biased, but I DEFINITELY think redheads are sexy. Everyone these days seems to have a fetish for ginger gals, so much so that blondes and...
    hottiewithabody94 hottiewithabody94 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 29

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    Yes I do think they are quite funny. But not when you're at a sleepover and your friend is farting in his sleep. I have at least another 7 hours of that. Great.
    backupmojo backupmojo 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    I think weed should be legal for a few reasons: 1. The Hypocrisy: The government subsidizes big tobacco farms. Tobacco is even recognized by the FDA to kill about 33% of it's...
    dds44 dds44 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    Why? Maybe because I don't even want to come to terms with my life. I don't want to admit I need help and I don't want to go looking for it. Maybe because it's that easy. Maybe...
    Rose2622 Rose2622 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    Lies. Lies. Lies. The worse form of lying is lying to yourself. It is so poising, yet we resort to it. I've been thinking about this today.. Why do we resort to lies? Especially...
    nadsxo2 nadsxo2 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    I am a teenager, and I don't think I have grown up too fast, rather going through appropriate milestones and learning what I should. But my family knows another family whose kids...
    ICanTotallySurvive ICanTotallySurvive 13-15, F Jul 13

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    Returning to form part 2.... I certainly received a few emails and I appreciated the comments from my last Abby Vent. The theme was are comments more or less sexualized because of...
    AbbyVents AbbyVents 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 7

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    Both parents have an extremely important part to play in our lives, raising us but also shaping us into people. Mothers and fathers can be responsible for our mental state and the...
    Seblett Seblett 13-15, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    If I hear about one more idiot leaving their child in the car. The sad thing about it, is it's my generation, and younger generations. I think the parent should be sent to the...
    Blackstallion76 Blackstallion76 36-40, M 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    My kids are probably not going to like me for this, but they will not have their own tv or computer in their room at least until age 16, most likely. Depends on the kid. They won't...
    brittanys13 brittanys13 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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    I either make friends, who I talk to sometimes, or backstabbers, who I think I'm good friends with but they actually want to hurt me. So real good friends truly are a gem that you...
    100PercentMe 100PercentMe 13-15, F Jul 10

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    Who the ft are you to attempt to take my people away from me your the skum of the earth.
    shesamess45 shesamess45 46-50, F Jul 14

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    I've always had dogs. They are awesome, they love me no matter what, always pleased to see me. My furry friends have seen me through the good times and the bad. I hope I've always...
    Littlemisspixie Littlemisspixie 51-55, F Jul 18

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    As I am I only have 2 good friends. I use to move around alot because my parents were divorced and had to share us. So I couldn't really make real friends. But now settled with my...
    HiImDrekd HiImDrekd 16-17, M 6 days ago

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    I think it is pretty sad when we cling to old stereotypes and judge people by race/color. The fear of someone different than us is petty, weak, and unhealthy. And a lot of times...
    lmtnmn lmtnmn 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    It's not that I don't have real life friends.. It's just that we all get busy . Frankly there are things I tell my internet friends that I don't tell the people who are supposed...
    beautifulmoon100 beautifulmoon100 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    I'm very guarded when I let people on the internet talk to me. I assume most of you are creepers or can add no real value to my life. And that's not just an internet thing. My...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F Jul 15

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    She may never read this, or ever believe it. But she's the only person on EP I've felt I've got to know on a personal level. Someone I've actually felt close too and thought about...
    EnglandsAnswer EnglandsAnswer 22-25, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    I had this cute boy come over to my house and we bought some knives and cookware from him called Cutco. We got them in the mail last week. They're awesome! I cook all the time now...
    mikayla2 mikayla2 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    This one is complicated. I wouldn't say people you have never met in person are as good as friends. But nowadays one can still (despite the trash/junk online) find meaningful...
    benjamin111991 benjamin111991 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 3

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    I don't know I tell internet friends more secrets than I do to real life friends...
    oOMissDiorOo oOMissDiorOo 13-15, F 7 Responses Jul 5

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    How can people fall in love just by chatting online? I find it hard to believe because I think meeting face-to-face is important to decide whether the other side is real and honest...
    Innocence28 Innocence28 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 10

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    I have a few internet friends that I find are real true friends. They are honestly such amazing people. I can joke around with them and have real talks with them and it's a really...
    nathanieljlaw nathanieljlaw 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 10

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    My dad is from Barbados, and the culture there is VERY blunt. They will state something really rude in a matter of fact way and be confused when you are offended :) lol. I grew up...
    janicefromkansas janicefromkansas 18-21, F Jul 14

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    I met a lot of good people from the internet, I like that I can meet someone online. Let them see my character, and allow for me to open myself up to them. Most people that I've...
    thegreatrumi thegreatrumi 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I mean I am a man, but I have got three sisters, and the stuff I hear frm them plus from my friends and at work.... How can men be such pigs... I mean not all of them but most...
    v33rh0ra v33rh0ra 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 6

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    I am not completely sure about on line friends. They might just be telling you what you want to hear.
    greenH greenH 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 10