I have had many friends throughout the years. Most of them have come and gone. I only have one friend that I’ve kept since a very young age, and she is definitely my family. But, one thing I can say about all my friends, is they have taught me something about myself, my beliefs, and who I want to be.
For instance, from the age of 17-25, I had one of those joined-at-the-hip friendships. We lived together, worked together, and partied together. We were hardly ever apart. In the beginning, we were a lot alike. But, as the years went on, we became different. Eventually, we were just being friends for the sake of having to be friends, and that wasn’t healthy. I learned many things from her – one of the most important things was that everyone comes into your life for a reason, but not everyone will stay in your life forever. Even if you are joined at the hip, your friendship may not be a forever friendship, and that’s OK. As long as you value the friendship while it lasts, and learn from it, that’s what really benefits your life.
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If you are struggling with a friendship right now, or just contemplating the whole idea of friendship, following are some thoughts to consider.
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My best friend now is my husband. And, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I couldn’t imagine not being best friends with the person I spend the majority of my time with. He knows everything about me – good and bad – and I know everything about him. We support each other, respect each other, and do our best to grow together as a couple and as separate human beings. Knowing how great it is to have a best friend as a partner, I would wish it for everyone.
And lastly, quality is better than quantity. I always had a lot of friends, but for the past few years, I don’t really need a ton of friendships. Maybe I will again later in life, but, for now, I’m happy with my husband and ‘sister’ and don’t need any other real friends at this point in my life.
I have acquaintances. I have family. And I have people that I need to talk to daily. But as far as real friends go, I just don’t need too many.
I strongly believe that everyone is different, depending on where they are in life, how fine they are with being by themselves, how focused they are on personal growth or their business, and many other factors. I know that in my early twenties, a couple of friends would not have done it for me. I would have been miserable!
Bottom line, don’t let someone tell you that you need X amount of friends to be good enough in life. Whether you have 0 or 1 million, if it works for you, then it’s right for you!