Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Families are invaluable and unique in that — outside of marriage and adoption — you don’t have any say in who your family is made up of. The gene pool is like a lottery, you could strike it lucky and be born with the thick flowing hair of Alec Baldwin, but you might also pull a dud and end up having to be family with Billy or Steven Baldwin.
The great thing about friends is that through life, circumstance, and shared pop-culture references and inside jokes, you are able to 100 percent choose your friends and even when they have a weird sneeze, or a habit of forgetting their wallet when you guys split a bar tab, you can take solace in the fact that these guys may be moochers, or soccer fans, but they’re yours and you chose each other.
When the road of life gets tough, your family should be there for you. That’s fine and good, but family has to be there, partially out of obligation and possibly because they’re hedging their bets so if something ever happens to you they won’t get left out of the will.
When a friend is there for you you know it was because they genuinely support you. Today, as you wrap ace bandages around the tweaked knee injury you got during a door-busters black Friday stampede, take a moment to raise a glass to your family and share that glass with your friends because it takes all kinds to keep this world spinning, and eating a whole turkey by yourself is more ‘sad fact’ than ‘fulfilling accomplishment.’Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. His column appears on the second and fourth Friday of every month. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org