“Relatives share the same bloodline, but FAMILY shares your successes, pains, ambitions, celebrations, failures, values, love and so much more. I realize that many friends have become Family and some relatives just are not. (Analogy: Blood scatters everywhere, when Family runs together...When I thought I needed "Blood" to survive, I realized that what I really needed was "Family"!)” ― Gaye Miller 2012
Some people may be in the category of persons who have family that back them up when they go through financial or other challenges, while others may be in the category of those persons who have friends that back them up when they go through financial or other challenges.
The truth is, family are always going to be there and will always be there when you go through thick and thin; some may be able to help when you are experiencing the bad/challenging times and may not be willing to help, and some may be willing to help in bad/challenging times, but may not be able. Some may rejoice when you are going the right direction, some may not. In spite of all these, family is family.
That is not to confirm that friends are any better or to confirm that “friends” are always able to help; especially when one do not have the “right” friends. When one has the “right” friends they would be able to assist in terms of financial support, words of encouragement or advice to go through the bad/challenging times and come out strong. In addition, some so-called “friends”, are not friends that one should keep close because they only tend to be there when “all is well”, while some “friends” become “family”.
Some people seem to fall under the category of persons who have “good” families and “good” friends who will normally help them go through the “bad/challenging” times; all well and good.
But, in all do not underestimate the power of friends. Your wisdom is to keep your family close, and your friends closer.