My family is split on the idea. My parents are ok and then, not ok. I was required to take safety courses for the bike years before I bought one. I even took another after I had one. They know that I will be safe and there is nothing they can do to change my fate. If it was meant to be, it will happen. (goes for everything)
I also have the other side. There are people in my family that feel they are death machines. They see no need in having one and feel I should always be in a car. Their opinions were strenghtened when I was nearly killed on a bike back in Nov of 2000. It is understandable how they feel. However they do not know the feeling of being on one and being able to explore the extremes and passions of riding.
My advice to you is to stay focused on your desire to ride. If you really want to ride you eventually will.
When you are riding... Ride smart, Ride safe, and Ride for tomorrow.