The other day I was talking to an old and very close friend of mine. Someone who can get me into some serious trouble if she ever chooses to do so. I know she won’t. Friends have some kind of a ‘vault’ where stuff is strictly supposed to be kept hidden and secure from the world, right? ☺
It reminded me of Friends, one of the most famous sitcoms of all time. Something I grew up watching, and (like most teenagers who saw it) secretly hoping to live it for real. It also made me realise a thing or two that helped me understand my friends better.
I understood the value of friends and friendship and was convinced of the fact that even committed relationships or successful marriages cannot replace them.
It taught me acceptance. When you call someone your friend, you accept them the way they are. Unconditionally. 🙂
Every person is unique. You might dislike their quirky personality traits, but that’s what makes them the special people they are.
The funniest thing is being able to predict their reactions, their preferences and being able to complete their sentences for them before they do! 😀
No matter what they do, no matter how wrong you think they are, all you can do is suggest and wait. You can’t force them to take your advice.
You have to stand by them, come what may. Both of you have to know that you have someone to fall back on, always.
You can never be too busy for them. If you value them enough, you will somehow find time for them.
Friendship that changes or gets influenced by a person’s paycheck isn’t real. It is then just a convenient arrangement.
Your friendship cannot stop people from taking the road their life leads them to. Let them go, but that doesn’t mean you lost them.
You agree with them, yes? If you’re lucky to have any such friend(s) in your life, go tell them how important they are for you and make them feel loved and remembered! 🙂