To me, family is more than a blood relation; it is a kinship between members. I have blood relation I have never met. Are they family? Yes, of course but I have no kinship with them. I have close blood relation that I wish I never met. Are they family? No, because we have no kinship or friendship. I have close friends that are more like family (close in kinship) than some of my own blood relatives. We can choose our friends but we can't choose our family. However, we can choose what kind of relationships to have with our family.