Family doesn't always mean you are related by blood.
When Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident in 2013, his daughter, Meadow Walker, was only 15 years old. The grief that comes after a parent dies was made easier to bear thanks to Walker's co-star in the Fast & Furious movie franchise, Vin Diesel, who has always played a supportive role in Meadow's life.
Not only is Diesel Meadow's godfather, but he has made a conscious effort to make sure Meadow knows that she is a part of his own family, proving once again that family isn't always about who you are connected to by blood, but the people who surround you with love and support in the toughest of times.
In a recent post on Meadow's Instagram account, the model (now 22 years old), writes, "Family <3". The black and white photo shows Diesel with his arms around Meadow and his daughter, Hania, age 13.
Meadow Walker occasionally posts photos with Vin Diesel's kids (Hania, 13, Vincent, 11, and Pauline, 5 years old) and the heartwarming pics are so lovely to see. In addition to being a model, Meadow continues to keep her father's name alive through the Paul Walker Foundation, which supports ocean preservation through grants to researchers and students studying marine biology.
Do you have friends in your life that you consider family?