Family is everything to me. Without the support and love from my family I would not be where I am today. Growing up, my mother, father, and two siblings were as tight knit as you could get, we did everything together. The love my parents shared was as unconditional as the love they showed us, the kids; there was nothing they would not do for us. My younger brother and I have always been close, as children we played, laughed, and cried, together, we remain to this day the definition of best friends. My sister and I also share a close relationship. As the older brother I feel it is my responsibility to look after and my siblings, and to set an example for them. This sense of responsibility I have developed is what defines me today; I know for a fact that without younger siblings to care for and loving parents I would be selfish human being.
In recent years, my family has broken down; my mother walked out on us last spring and we have struggled ever since. In this past year I have learned more and more what I truly care about. I care about my brother and sister; I want them to continue to pursue their hopes and dreams. I care about my father, and I wish him nothing but happiness. It is because I care about my family that I will not lose my faith or my drive to succeed in life, I will endure.