It’s no secret that I don’t really have a family. I’m not saying that to get sympathy, it’s just the way it is.
I’ve learned to function quite well on my own and quite honestly, if I listened to what my biological family told me, I would not be where I am. I love where I’m at right now and am glad the struggles I’ve faced have brought me here.
Sure, I can’t see myself doing what I’m doing for the rest of my life, but really, it’s fine for me right now. Having a job where I have responsibility, but not too much allows me to focus on running and provides me with income to live comfortably and happy. I’m not thinking of starting my own family, so my life supports me and that’s all I need.
I’ve lived this way for about five years now and believe that my traditional view of family has changed. I’ve essentially found my own family and it is the best I could have imagined. My family is not a crutch, like I see for so many twenty somethings. They move back home instead of starting out because it’s easy. Their parents let them rather than see them maybe struggle for a big until they figure it out.
I get it, it’s hard to work a minimum wage job, eat rice instead of Starbucks and Acai bowls and actually budget. However, that is invaluable life experience.
Where am I going with this? Well, not having a family and not having anyone to rely on besides myself made me strong, but also made me appreciate the vegan and running community I’ve found.
This past week I was asked to take the open spot of a friend on my String Hearts Vegan Power team. I’m not going to say I was hoping someone would drop out, but I was. Why? Because these are my people. Even though I’ve only spent two days with most of them, I feel like I know them and they know me. We talk everyday and I look forward to seeing what they’re up to. They were with me at Syracuse to brave the storm. Each time I pull on my jersey, I know my family is with me.
I love them. I love that a movement such as veganism and protecting animals has brought us together.
They are the family that I would choose. I don’t need a crutch. I don’t need any other support network than a group of people who share my morals and values. Sure, we have our disagreements, but can come together because our movement is bigger than that.
That is my family and I could feel more blessed to be a part of that.
Now, time for WIAW, thanks to Jenn for hosting!
Protein-banana-cinnamon bowl w/ PB&apple
Black bean soup with veggies and hummus
Chocolate microwave banana bread w/PB, banana, bowl of greens
[Random unpictured scoops of PB :-)]
Who is you not related family?
What is the best thing you ate today?