While the definition of the world family usually relates to blood-relation, it. might not always be the case. These relationships show us that family comes in all different forms.
As we explore new perspectives we invite you to step into the emotional space of connection and experience the deeper lessons that shared experiences can afford humanity. To everyone who has participated openly and vulnerably in our project - we appreciate what you have shared with us and hope others do as well.
What makes us a family?
- Oh man.
- What makes us family?
I don't, I don't know how to put it in words.
You just are.
- Besides our blood, DNA and genetics.
Understanding each other.
Wanting to be around each other.
Loving each other.
What makes us family is
sharing time, sharing ideas,
not putting each other down.
- Family is not
being blood related at all times, you know?
Not only because you're my husband's kid, you know?
- What makes us family is that
there is no fight that I would never...
go, toe to toe, face to face
when it comes to you and your sister and your dad.
- I don't think, I mean, I don't know
what you could say.
I don't think I can just move out of state and
be fine with it, like...
and you'd be all the way in other state, just
Cause if you'd had kids or I'd kids, like I don't.
I'm not doing, I don't do distant...
thing, I don't.
I'm not doing it
with my brother, my twin brother.
- I think what makes us family is...
the way that we stuck together.
It’s been the four of us and we’ve stuck together
through some really
hard times that
none of us had ever navigated before.
We were learning together.
And I feel like we are stronger
than we’ve ever been.
So I think, that’s what I think. "I love you",
is the basis, you know, of family.
But really, just how we fight together
Not bicker back and forth
but how we stand together
and face things.
- But we love each other and we...
support each other, we care about each other
We genuinely enjoy spending time together.
You guys help when I do something.
You volunteer and
and you know, pick up some slack.
- I don’t feel I have friends,
I feel I have family.
Does that make sense?
- Yeah, because like I said
you love with your whole heart so
of course you are gonna look at your friends
like they are your family because
we’re taught that you’re
suppose to love your family
more than anybody else and...
you do that with everybody.
All the time.
- And I don’t know, you might have just been five...
and you said:
are the last three letters
of family ”.
ILY, that means “I love you”.
And I was like mindblown that...
like this five year old
took something so simple
and made it so...
like deep and complex.
- It’s like one day you were just there and...
- You’re my kid. - Now 14 later...
Years later I’m still here.
- Yes. - Sorry...
Sorry about your luck.