Family is the most important thing that you can have in your life. They are the people who will support you and will help you in your times of need. This is not necessarily the people that you grow up with and can include others like friends and pets.
I love my family more than anything, so obviously I feel very close to them. I also feel close to my friends as well. I think that friendships next to family are the most important thing in your life. I feel equally close to my friends and my family, however priority will always be given to my immediate family because that is part of who I am. There are certain family members that I feel more comfortable sharing personal information with depending on the situation based on experiences that happened in my life. Yes, some of my family member do elicit negative feelings, but I am not as close to them as my other family members. Balancing feelings for family members is so difficult. You have to know who you can trust and separate all sorts of different experiences that you have had with them in order to discover which feelings are more appropriate and which ones are not deserved at least in capacity.