Friendship is born at that moment in time when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
This was said by C. S. Lewis, and I think for the most part, I’ve made friends throughout my life because we shared something in common. Whether it be an interest or experience, it’s always good to have common-ground with our peers. Before the times of social media, most of my friendships were of the face-to-face variety.
Now I seem to make connections with people online too. It’s interesting how sometimes we can show more of ourselves online. Friends make time for you and are interested in knowing your dreams, fears and goals. They celebrate with you when good things happen, and commiserate when times are tough.
Friends don’t judge, and allow you to grow into who you want to be. Some people are social butterflies who flitter between friendship groups. Others have more tight-knit relationships with a small group of good friends.
I’ve made my most important friends during phases of change within my life. Going to University, I developed a circle of close friends. We meet up a few times a year. Since having my daughter, I’ve become friends with other parents.
I’m also keen to have a ‘friendship’ with my daughter. I’m her parent, of course, but I want her to feel that she can confide in me, and we can enjoy fun times together.
Life is better with friends, so I plan to keep in touch with mine as often as I can.
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