This week I wanted to talk a little bit about family and how it is defined. There are so many families in the world and each of them are unique and made up in their own ways. Family structure is so different all around the world and who people consider their family changes with each individual. I think when most people think of “family” they think of those blood relatives. For some this may be the case completely but for others they may not consider anyone in their bloodline family. I think the subject of and definition of family is so interesting because it is something that can only be defined by the individual. No matter how many dictionaries, encyclopedias, or research you look at you are never going to find a definition of family that says who YOUR family is. They may have an idea or their definition may fit your definition, but at the end of the day family is something that only the individual can define. It may be your brother or sister, mom or dad, aunt or uncle, cousin, best friend, mentor, leader, ,co-worker, classmate, teammate, etc. It all depends on you and the relationships you build and what those mean to you. I just love this because there are so many things out there we struggle with how to define and yet family is something we can all define and be sure of, yet neither of our definitions are the same.