I've always made friends easily, but after I came to California and sewed my wild oats subsequently falling apart, making friends took on a whole new meaning as I chose not to return home. As I crumbled post rebellion, it became harder and harder to move forward in life without true human connection. All the pals that I had made were just that - pals. People to hang out with at a party, folks my own age that were too absorbed in the drama of their own lives to be able to make much of a difference in mine.
Enter John, my acquired uncle. We met at Walgreens whilst standing in line one afternoon; I was in a tough place in my life, he had a soft heart and a friendship was born that continues to this day. Then came a few other amigos that have stood the test of time, with whom I have walked through some pretty rough and tricky places.
I am always making new acquaintances. The flux at turns widens and thins, but has always been a steady stream from whence I can choose who I'll confide in and who I won't. Thankfully, I've never wanted for security within those acquaintances because my sacred inner circle has always been there - the meat and potatoes of my existence, so to speak. This constant has given me the confidence to stick out my neck and meet new people, knowing that a web of love and support will always be there to carry me.
I am grateful to have a plethora of folks in my life that qualify as kin, people that despite my flaws and shortcomings love me for who I am. So the next time you're feeling lonely, remember that family comes in all shapes and sizes so pick up the phone and cultivate yours today :)