I met my extended family thinking " this is gonna be great I'll get to know them and be part of a bigger family" it was an awakening to find out they didnt give a damn about me and are somewhat mean and petty so I gave up on trying to be part of their lives.
If I had distant aunts and uncles I might talk to them but I didn't.
Yes. From personal experience through distant Aunts and Uncles I was able to gain insight about myself and my family. In the end, I keep them distant because I did not see the relationship worth maintaining; however, I learned a lot about myself and my family that I would have never knew otherwise.
Lost my parents early. I didn't know they extended family very well and neither of us has any desire to change that. I live within 20 miles of a couple and have never spoken at all to them. Not really a loss if there was never a connection.