Family means different things based on who you are. In mixed groups, personal definitions could mean anything from direct blood relatives to those whom you’ve acquired unique, close bonds with.
For me, the both are true. Growing up in a military home, I learned first hand that limiting “family” to just genetics doesn’t always work. Sometimes you have to rely on those who’ve earned your trust by being committed to the mutual success of all involved. They start off as friends, but gradually through motivational words and inspiring acts, prove to be much more.
Now as an adult serving families similar to my own, I see the struggle of families (especially military ones) even more clearly. Remaining united and strong happens with constant communication, plans for visits, and (thanks to technology) video chatting. So as you like that IG post, watch the latest Snap, or “react” to the last Facebook message, remember family is important no matter how you define it.