It’s an ongoing struggle. I still find myself attached to the idea of gaining their approval or having that fantasy ideal of connection. But I’m also old enough to know better and to know that I have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to family. It’s okay to redefine it in a way that’s not toxic and actually increases social support.

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