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I Think Friends Are the Family We Pick For Ourselves

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 278 People

    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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    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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    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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    Family Vs. Friends

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

    I love to show they are cared for....I talk to them and listen a lot
    spicycook spicycook 41-45, M Feb 2

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    A Menagerie of AcquaintancesI have met so many people online over the years. I remember the first site I used to chat was IRC circa 1994. It was awesome to think that you could log...
    SwanSongRebeL SwanSongRebeL 36-40, F 7 Responses Feb 7

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    What are "good" friends these days? I'm finding out that no one really has that answer, nor are people "good" friends with people now for more than 10 years or shorter than....even...
    Msprissy Msprissy 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    My friends are like my family...I love them like family. My friends are weird and crazy people but they're also nice and understanding and supportive, etc. my besties mean the...
    ellajade ellajade 13-15, F Feb 19

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    Finding friends are hard to find. It's hard finding life time friends. Everyone wants to sleep with your spouse or sleep with your family member. Or even steal from you.
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Actually I don't think good friends are rare. I just think it hard to manage to many relationships. So I just keep a few good friends and the expand my relationships with people's...
    louisthe17th louisthe17th 46-50, M Feb 4

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    The Internet is just one way to communicate with people. Internet friends are people sending text messages to each other. That friendship can then be taken further and people can...
    Einwulf Einwulf 26-30, M 6 Responses Feb 14

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    Confidence is built by experience. People share something about themselves, other people respond to what was shared and a dialogue happens. I would say, that this experience will...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 3 Responses Feb 14

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    I play many games and people respect me there because they don't know what I look like how I talk or anything like that a lot of my friends are on the internet people say its bad I...
    wintter54 wintter54 16-17, F Feb 5

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    My best friends are on the internet. I am able to express myself, rather than to be judged in reality. My friends on the internet are my escape. I love you guys :*
    smile44me smile44me 16-17, F Feb 17

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    i feel that internet friends are the ones you can make a bond with the most because most of them aren't dicks lol the limitations do suck though of being or having an internet...
    irvinothebunnybandido irvinothebunnybandido 16-17, M 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    Through your toughest time you know who your friends are. those that clearly see you have a problem and actually ask you how you are. those that don't get ignored. just how it is...
    ClickCloser ClickCloser 31-35, F Feb 6

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    I think lesbians are divine and superior to me, men and straight women. I worship them and just think they should rule the world. They should be able to take any female they want...
    Hermeister Hermeister 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    I think manners are important too... Too bad the world seems to have forgotten about them. It seems a bit "taboo" to be a respectful person these days
    BlackBuddafly88 BlackBuddafly88 26-30, F Feb 2

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    Yes, I think their are tons. But there is a difference between being weird and being unique in my opinion. Ha yes it's a pretty cliche statement.
    EmoScottishTeen EmoScottishTeen 13-15, M Feb 20

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    I think women are an amazing work of art. The best kind.The shape, the curves, the smoothness and the crippling power they have over us guys. Love it.
    ramulin ramulin 31-35, M Feb 22

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    Dont Understand Why People Think Pitbulls Are Bad Dogs
    goodnites1011 goodnites1011 22-25, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    I think they are either crazy or bipolar! Maybe both.
    Gia00 Gia00 26-30, F 2 days ago

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    I have a best friend. We've been besties for half our lives (we're 40ish). We've both had broken marriages, engagements, and relationships. And yet, we are always there for each...
    rmabarrera rmabarrera 36-40, F Feb 14

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    Some relationships are simply here for a season. Letting go gracefully, with complete forgiveness and love for the other person requires understanding and self-forgiveness. Some...
    LEXUS46 LEXUS46 46-50, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I know I have huge breasts but they are too big for our society. I am a 44FF and almost a 44GG. I am considering a breast reduction because of the extreme back pain I am now...
    brunettewifeandmom brunettewifeandmom 31-35, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I will only share on here with my EP friends and not the family or freinds in real life. Here I can express myself virtually freely (censorship) and enjoy the company of men with...
    Brian1953 Brian1953 61-65, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    When I go for a massage (with extras lol) I check the classified and search for the Latinas, they are just the best :)
    Stroker71 Stroker71 41-45, M 4 hrs ago

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    Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends...
    tiya78 tiya78 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I don't despise them. I simply think nothing of them. It's an irrational thought that plenty penis-wielding humans have and that makes me laugh at them. Their reasons why we are...
    RationalCutie RationalCutie 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 4

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    There is no superior gender. Instead of dividing ourselves in the "men" and "women" category, why not say we are all humans? Yes women are pretty cool. We possess strengths and...
    Sxculent Sxculent 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    This is a story about 2 best friends that became One. Love is agape, unconditional. Imagine 2 straight guys falling in love. That's what happened to us. At our first meeting we...
    EmotionalPhilosopher EmotionalPhilosopher 26-30, M Feb 13

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    My dog is my family. She is my best friend. She is my life. I can't move out of an awful situation because no landlords accept pit bulls.
    Casaundra612 Casaundra612 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    When I think of online friends, I think of them as pen-pals. Like how it worked before the internet: writing out a letter and sending it to another state or country with maybe a...
    ChellyRocker ChellyRocker 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    But I don't have any... I have an account on every social network from Facebook (mostly RL friends) to Reddit. I do this so I can meet different people that share my interests and...
    Yerbatero Yerbatero 18-21, F 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    I honestly feel more comfortable spilling my heart out to a stranger rather than my family in real life. It seems like the internet friends I have made care more about me than the...
    MusicFuelsMySoul MusicFuelsMySoul 13-15, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    My family isn't much of a family, so I cherish my closest friends. I cherish them, but I don't trust them.
    CloseButNoGuitar CloseButNoGuitar 26-30, M 12 hrs ago

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    One of my friends was in a very heated argument on the internet a while ago an she was getting really upset about some of the things that were being said. When I asked her what the...
    HypoallergenicUnicorn HypoallergenicUnicorn 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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    they are a treasure that you find in life's journey. I do everything I can to keep them, but when they need to move on I let them go letting them know my friendship is steady true...
    simplyafriend simplyafriend 41-45, F 1 Response a week ago

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    It’s sad you know, when you realized that you truly don’t mean anything to a person. The friendship you had with them wasn’t really a friendship. Everything you two had done...
    AziaLee AziaLee 18-21, F Feb 10

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    I have just a few. Here, Marie-Claude, Pierre, and Thomas. At home another seven good, close friends.... They do matter, as a support-structure.
    Rovigatti Rovigatti 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12