Can you recall a time when someone has told you that friends come and go, or that friends won’t always be there for you, or that friends are friends, but nothing like family?
I chose to write about friendship because the older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am to have such amazing relationships with my friends. I’ve had many friendships that have come and gone, but the true friends, whether near or far, have always stuck around through a phone call, a card in the mail, a text message, or just a plain visit from city to city, state to state, or continent to continent.
I truly appreciate the diversity of the type of friends I have. I come from a place where the one thing that matters the most is family. I completely agree that family comes first, but friends can be just as important as family and they can come first too. However, you must choose your friends wisely.
Seriously, I can’t stress enough how thankful I am to have the friends that I have. They all come from different parts of the world, and we all come in different shades of hue. What’s amazing is that we all grew up in homes with religious and cultural differences, but somehow we share stories and connect on a deeper level.
The best part about having friends from all types of cultures, is that we get to learn and appreciate each other a lot more. You’d think that we wouldn’t understand each other because of the different upbringings, but we actually have a stronger understanding of each other. When a friend takes their time to understand where you are coming from, then takes the time to be honest in the best possible and most genuine way, they are a true friend.
I surround myself with true friends who are selfless, caring, kind, and loving. On top of that, they are strong independent women who want other women to succeed. They are open minded, accepting of change, intelligent, and always wanting to expand their knowledge and interests.
What I’m really trying to say is that, if you want friends to be true to you, you should also start being true to them. Surround yourself with positive people who will make you grow into a better person. Support each other. Surround yourself with people who accept you for you and bring joy into your life. Cherish true friendships and continue to live and grow together. When we work on helping each other, we can slowly help others grow and change for the better. Remember that change starts within us and with those we choose wisely.
Be kind. Be caring. Be loving.