Where would we be without our friends?
Now I’m not talking about the casual, light relationships we develop from shared situations and interests – our friends at the gym…at work… at the club…on Facebook (the average user has 245 friends). You know, the people that come into our lives and drift away like the tide, without making much of an impact.
No, I’m talking about REAL friends who are woven into the quilt of our lives – the ones who know all about you, have laughed and cried with you, your biggest cheerleaders. The friends who stay by your side during your darkest days. The very few who have seen the parts of you that you hate… and love you anyway. Sometimes they’re the ones who love you until you learn to love yourself.
You might not see your friend every day, maybe you live in different parts of the world, but true friends have a connection that goes beyond the physical and never dies.
Sometimes you are very, very different – yet still have an unshakable bond.
Here’s another unlikely pair – I watched this playful turtle and a young alligator swim around each other for a while before the turtle gave the gator a friendly kiss!
William Shakespeare gave us just about the best definition of “friend” you’ll ever find:
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”