Comment: At 50 I don't need a mom and dad or siblings anymore but

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At 50 I don't need a mom and dad or siblings anymore but

believe me...I've got a lot of friends that are as close or closer to me than my family ever was. When I lost my home in 2009 my wife and I were offered a roof over our head with 4 different households. We stayed in a garage apartment of one of my friends for 6 months free of charge. Our circle of friends are vital to us. We get unconditional support from them based on 20+ years of helping each other out and establishing genuine mutual respect.

My family ALWAYS required conditions for me to be accepted. I played along for many years but somewhere around age 45 I decided that if they didn't like me for who I was...so be it.

One of my sisters is a Lockheed Martian millionaire. She is over the top religious but her and her husband see no problem repeatedly bombing the $hit out of brown people. They have a HUGE home in Maryland and tried really hard to get my wife and I to move in with them when we lost our home but the offer came with a legal pad list of rules that we had to abide by if we decided to take them up on it.

For instance...I would be required to stop smoking and I would have to attend some church group that was for "non-believers".

They were stunned (and still are it seems) that we esentially chose to be homeless rather than move in to their mansion under their rules.

We now have a tiny little place of our own and we have never been happier, less stressed, and felt more free! And I can smoke in my home. :-)

I very rarely drink and I only occasionally use drugs recreationally...but both my sisters and my Mom all take psychotropic meds, sleeping pills, and eat for entertainment. But you see...those are okay because ole saw bones doles them out. lol.