I am a strong believer in people are nothing without their family. Your family are the ones who will always be there for you and will always have your back through the good times and the bad. With this being said, I feel blood is not the only thing that makes a person family. I have some friends that I consider to be family over some of my relatives that I am actually related to. These friends have always been there for me in times of need throughout my life. Not many military brats can say they are fortunate enough to have friends who they know they will always be able to rely on. I have come across other military brats in my life who have a hard time making friends with others, because they already know that they will not be living in the same place for too long. I consider myself very lucky to have friends that I know I can rely on.
It is very easy as a military brat to not open up to others. Knowing that you will not be living in the same place for too long, a military brat may have the mindset of not making friends with others because that friendship will probably not even last that long. Now someone reading this blog may be thinking something along the lines of, “Well that’s nonsense….. even if a military brat has to frequently move, they can still maintain a long distance friendship with someone else by calling, texting, and even sending letters to that person.” I know first hand that this is a very difficult thing to do. Once you move to a different place, it is very hard to keep communication with someone from where you used to live. Although I have not kept in touch with some friends that I have had in different places, I have also kept in touch with many others. I also consider myself lucky to be able to say this.