Friendship is such a rewarding part of life. Friendship teaches us how to cooperate with others, it teaches us a lot about trust and honesty. But most of all it teaches us about selflessness and putting others’ well-being ahead of our own. Friendship, however, is not all fun and games. Friendship can be challenging just like any other relationship. Sometimes, friends have disagreements or differences that they have to move past in order to stay close. You could compare friendships to caring for a flower. Some flowers require very little care and attention, they thrive on their own and only need watered every once in a while. A friendship like this could mean that you met the friend once or twice and immediately felt a strong connection. These types of friends may not communicate all of the time, but they know that the other person will always be there when they need them. Other flowers must be planted in the perfect spot where they receive the perfect amount of sunlight and they must be watered at least once every single day. These are the friends who you talk to every single day but often still have doubts about the strength of your friendship. These types of friendships are fragile and often fall apart, even if you’ve known the person for a very long time.
Over the past year, I’ve lost a lot of friends who I’ve known for a very long time. I thought these people would be there for me, but they got caught up in their own lives and didn’t have enough time to devote to growing our friendship. On the other hand, since last March, I’ve met several people who I instantly connected with and I feel confident that they will always be there for me and that our friendship will always be strong. These friends have taught me a lot about what it means to be strong and patient. They have given me advice that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. These new, growing friendships have given me hope and happiness. I hope that because of these friends, that I am a better person and that I can be an inspiration for others in the future. I’m so blessed to have found people who befriended me when it seemed like nobody understood me or what I was going through. For them, I will be forever grateful. Have a blessed week!