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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 276 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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    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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    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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    Converted Converted 46-50, M Mar 22

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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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    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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    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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    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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    There was a woman behind us today while shopping and she was huffing and puffing away because she couldn't get past us on this busy isle, when she managed to push her way past us...
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    I give too much space to everyone around me. I compromise my emotions wen i expct them just to talk. Not to listen to me . I met a guy at a pub few days back and met him again...
    deceptiveoutofcloset deceptiveoutofcloset 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    I realized that a lot of people do not trust in boy/girl friendships except with gay guys because the boy would always think about having sex with the girl. I'm here to say that...
    Judicael Judicael 16-17, T 1 Response 3 days ago

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    That age when they fysicaly are becoming woman, but mentally are still children. Some girls get there early, 8 or 9 years old. Some get there at 14 years. But every girl has that...
    Luckyguy1970 Luckyguy1970 41-45, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It's a fact actually. I've believed this for a long time as I've become close with my little circle but it's become more clear over the past couple days. We've become like a family...
    Hannah1100 Hannah1100 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    WARNING...If u do not sappy, cheesy, gooey posts, you may want to skip over this one.. We all know eyes are windows to the soul, as the saying goes. I have to agree. Your in a...
    AwakenEdge AwakenEdge 41-45, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have one of the best friends I could ever ask for. Trouble is, we communicate mainly over text message. I think it can be to easy to get the wrong idea or impression and miss...
    rehabparty23 rehabparty23 31-35, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    If it wasn't for my friend I still Would be getting called names and being told to kill my self and that I don't belong on this planet. He wrote me this song and send me it this...
    hailey0987 hailey0987 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Six years ago (or maybe seven) I was playing an online game where I met a person from my country. By the time we became online friends. We used to chat and play together all the...
    ThePurpleSun ThePurpleSun 18-21, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I used to have a best friend we were inseparable but sadly in 2006, I heard from her father through my dad, that her and her mom were shot in London during being mugged. The...
    StephBlakeIsInfinite StephBlakeIsInfinite 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Over here I can complain about my neighbors and their need to spend so much damn money on everything, as I can't compete. Can't join them, for they are more advantaged, not doing...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 2 Responses Jul 24

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    morganjen86, I was trying to just be friends with you but all you wanted was to borrow money. Because i am not in the position to lend out money you blocked me? WTF. Is that the...
    dtxpress dtxpress 41-45, M 11 Responses Jul 24

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    I believe internet friends are real..sometimes, but they are just as hard to find as physical friends. There are a lot of impersonators and creeps on the Internet so you have to be...
    Cheyanne42 Cheyanne42 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 24

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    I think they are real. After a while, they want things quickly and angrily... as if there was something owed... and it can be scary or sad.
    deleted deleted 26-30 20 Responses Jul 24

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    What the **** is wrong with you? You seek me out at a kids party and tell your best friend that you have to meet me and to make it happen. He makes sure you talk to me, then I...
    nikolasmom nikolasmom 36-40, F Jul 24

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    I have this fun book with a picture of man jumping up on a table while alot of other people are sitting at it. And it says. "Get down? Get down off the table? Sounds to me like you...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M Jul 22

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    Yes, on line friends are more intimate, because in real life we screw things up royally, and there's no way to repair brokenness. So in real life, we repress and forget, we move on...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    Of course they are real. Sometimes people doubt if they are a real person, but does it matter? If your having a fun time talking to that person and they are making you laugh, think...
    CuriousGuy833 CuriousGuy833 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 20

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    I am becoming friends with someone I work with. No, don't think incorrectly, this is two talented women with similar writing and photojournalism capabilities. Sometimes, that in...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    Me and my friends have a weird sense of humour. After a sleepover, none of us can hardly breathe in the room we sleep in. No wonder we hardly have any other friends!
    Venables98 Venables98 16-17, M Jul 19

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    I come here a lot since I am disabled and have tons of my own problems. It does a lot of good reading and replying to the posts here. I sometimes just give younger people an off...
    boldtimer boldtimer 66-70, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    As I lay here thinking of old friends, I realize that I've had several good ones over the years. Many are no longer living, but I find myself thankful that I shared in part of...
    jp20156 jp20156 41-45, M 4 Responses Jul 17

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    He made me laugh, every single day.He came into my life five years ago. He was a blessing, and he, more than anything else, helped me get back on my feet.At the time, I was at the...
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 17

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    We have the most beautiful, cuddly and adorable little Staffordshire Bull Terrier and he's literally my best friend. He's like my little shadow and I love it. How people are scared...
    Barakate Barakate 16-17, F Jul 17

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    I thought ny childhood friends are my truest and bestest friends ever, but I'm wrong. I found the truest and bestest friends in my college friends.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 16

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    My father was a great successful person worked hard all his life so his family could live a nice comfortable life. My father is as Important to me as mother
    maj32 maj32 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 16

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    so many people think physical strength means ones more superior. its not if you ever had to endure physical pain vs emotional,the emotional is much worse. we tend to live in a...
    screechowl83 screechowl83 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 15

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    They're so much easier to talk to- you're rarely afraid to speak your mind. I'm embarrassed of my accent and terrible English-speaking skills, so internet friends are perfect for...
    Ranmali Ranmali 13-15 Jul 15

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    I don't put either sex as inferior. We all rock as individuals, in fact I strongly oppose gender stereotyping completely including the title of this group "I despise men who thing...
    loreto789 loreto789 31-35, F 5 Responses Jul 15

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