I’ve had a lot of fun socializing this week, got to catch up with a few of my old friends. I feel like there’s something special about being able to meet up with people that have known you for such a long time. Having known each other for many years, through all different stages and phases, is a really lucky thing to have. For example, I have a friend that I’ve known since we were literally still in our mothers’ stomachs… so, 27 years now. We have seen each other grow up, change, improve, etc. almost like sisters in some ways. I love the feeling of knowing who her first boyfriend was, or that she had to get stitches in her chin as a kid… these are the stories of long-time friendships. Even when you don’t see each other for a while, it’s just like old times when you do get together, as if no time has passed. Then there are the friendships that may be newer, but are still just as strong. Maybe you see them more often, or in different situations, doing different activities. You can text them one day and maybe see them the next.
The point of this ramble: I love that there are so many different kinds of friendships. I’ve had some less positive experiences with friends in the past, for all different reasons. Having a friendship fall apart is one of the hardest things I’ve gone through, not great for the heart or the ego. But, you know what they say… going through these things is what makes someone really appreciate those people who are always there for them. Definitely true for me, I am so grateful for my friends that I can count on, because I know how rare that is.
“Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.”
–>Jennifer Aniston from F.R.I.E.N.D.S