Sometimes our closest sister or brother is not a relative at all. Life brings all kinds is family circumstances and situations where we may not have good family relationships or even know who our relatives are. Even when we do have a loving family, there may be the need for a larger network of support. Seek out and don't overlook the bond of sisterhood or the extended hand of brotherhood with fictive kin, friends, and community that may be available. Stay open to those who seek to help and extend a helping hand.
Ma'at E. Lewis, Ph.D.