There are times when life throws you a curve ball, and some of those times you hit a home run with it. You hit a home run because of who you are and because of those around you.
In today’s day in age, “Brady Bunch” families are combined and removed and added again; half and step families are more common. That’s what it’s like with me. I have 3 half siblings. I have a brother, 18, and a sister, 29 - we share a dad. I have a sister, 10, and we share a mom. I have two step brothers, 23 and 26, that technically aren’t my step brothers anymore. I have a step mom who isn’t my step mom any more, but still is a figure in my life. I have a step father. I have my mother. It’s a bit confusing, but I’m glad I have all these people in my life.
Here’s the plot twist on top of everything: I just met, for the first time, my 18 year old brother, this weekend. My older sister went too, she hadn't seen our brother in 11 years. This was the first time EVER that all three of us were together!
So, with all of this happening so suddenly I was feeling a lot of things. This is where the support came in and I realized, once again, that family is more than blood, and that home can be more than one place.
Home is my parents’ house and my grandparents’ house. It’s where my dog and cat live and where I see all of my cousins. Home is here at work in Los Angeles, these people I work with are my family and have made me feel so welcomed and loved – and I love them back. Home is even when I met my little brother for the first time and saw my “one-time” step mom this past weekend. Home and family are my internal Z Palette. They hold me together. They keep me safe. They support me. They are with me wherever I go. They bring the feelings that things are okay and that you are where you are supposed to be.
Friends and family help simplify the tough stuff. They show love and remind you of the great things in life. They show appreciation for you, and you show appreciation for them. Let them know that you appreciate them.