Although the two are seemingly different types of relationships, I believe that their definitions are becoming blurred.
A friend is an individual whom you have met at some point in your life, with whom you share your joys and sorrows; laughs and tears.
A family member traditionally refers to someone who is, ultimately, a part of your life due to a genetic bond which ties you both together.
If this is the case, then why is it that we often recognise close family members e.g. our mother and our sister, as friends, and we refer to our best friends as our family? There appears to be no hierarchy between the two relationships – one is neither higher, nor lower, than the other. So why is it that we feel the need to categorise the two?
I believe it’s based on our own experiences with that individual. We class family as friends if we feel we are able to be as open with them as we are with our best friends. We regard our friends as family when we feel so close to them that it is as if we share the same blood.
Either way it’s complimentary.
What a happy thought 🙂