It is when hard times hit you that you really come to see how much it means to have Family. As I have said earlier, to me Family is not necessarily a blood connection. It can also be those you choose to be really close to, those with whom you can let your guard down and who are in it with you for good times and bad.
When my first boyfriend and I broke up after a relationship of 10 years, I was heartbroken. We still loved each other very much, but it just didn’t work any longer. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep and I was an emotional wreck.
This was really rock-bottom. What I had never realised before (because I was always working) was that I had no close friends, no real network and no family around me. I was in a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language. I had nowhere to go and no shoulders to cry on and I felt very, very alone. If it wasn’t for the understanding I received from my colleagues, I would have given up completely.