This late, much-needed Friendsgiving weekend has been filled with love, laughter, joy and above all humility. I’m forever learning that family doesn’t have to be formed by blood but by those you invite to be your chosen family by nurturing relationships that lead to amazing experiences and memories to reflect on. I wouldn’t want this gathering to have happened any other way. I’m blessed this Season to have amazing friends who I consider family; something I’ve been fighting to have for so long and to realize that at 20 years old, is truly over due and an understatement.
For current and former foster youth alumni, know that you will have people who will enter your life who will exceed your expectations, who will love you more than those who’ve unappreciated your presence and worth, those who will invite you to spend the holidays with you not because they feel sorry for you but because they want to see you and all the amazing things you bring to theirs and your life in return; you will have people who will check in with you randomly to check up with you because they’ve made you a priority in their busy adult lives, and so many other extraordinary things will happen when you let those you trust, love and guard over because everybody deserves somebody and in further a family you never had but will; when you open your scarred heart to experience real, authentic and genuine love into your life.