…that family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back.

Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire

I thought this was fitting. 

Booked for a month. #20

07.18.2015

Pretend there is a picture here.

I know. I’m breaking rules today. I took a picture of different pies I ate today, and all I could think about was Dean Winchester. And then I started thinking about how maybe I should take you know ghost/ monster fighting classes, you know, to protect myself. And then I was thinking, do they even have ghost/ monster fighting classes? 

“I don’t have friends, I have family.”

That is what Dominic Toretto says in the new installment of The Fast and The Furious franchise: Furious 7. Love is such a loaded word. Even more loaded when you add an adjective in front of it. Romantic love, friendly love, familiar love and so on and so forth. But what can sometimes be more powerful than the love you feel for someone, something that might go hand in hand. Loyalty and trust. With those two suckers you can’t have love, or at least a love that functions properly. 

I couldn’t help but yearn for what Dom has. He has Letty that is his ride or die until the end. Brian O’Connor, which at first Dom probably hated his guts, but then is probably the person he trusts the most after Letty and his sister Mia (most great relationships begin in hate…don’t they?). If you have Dom you will most certainly find Brian. But what compels someone to be loyal? Is it promise of power, money maybe? Security would probably cause someone to be loyal to you, if they knew you would keep them safe. Or simply knowing someone for a long time? But how well do you really know people? They could just as easily rob you blind, building that loyalty like a tower, only to tear it down once you’re done. 

As far fetched as it may sound, after watching Furious 7 I kept thinking of The Originals and Klaus….(hang with me I have a point!), how Klaus is always striving for loyalty and respect. I mean GEESH, he probably says the word “loyalty” and “respect” about ten times an episode. He will not stop until his baby girl is safe and sound and he has an army of people loyal to him and will protect them at any cost! But what Klaus also says is the same thing that Dom enforces. Where there is family there is power, because family is power. No other person is going to give you the loyalty and the respect that you want like family, or people that are like family. 

Like my old friend Bobby Singer used to say, “Family don’t end in blood.” Then he’d probably say “idjit” or something a long those lines and then Dean will eat a slice of pie, and Sammy will be doing his moose thing, and Adam… well yeah anyways…

I guess when it comes down to it “family” or “loyalty” along with “friend” even “power” are very subjective words. Very important words. I believe we relate to these characters especially in this generation when all we want are 100 billion followers to agree with what we do, and like the decisions we make, and accept us no matter how true or false our image may seem. But maybe it’s time to get away from all that and actually find your tribe, the people that will be your family, whether it be your blood family, your friend family, or just one other person that will be there at the drop of a hat for you. Like Dom and Klaus our family is our security, our lifeline and maybe it’s time we celebrate and become a little bit more connected. Family is power. 

Stay humble my friends.