My high school reunion was approaching in Sydney. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to attend however a group was started on Facebook and it has been wonderful catching up with those friends and acquaintances from school days. It has certainly been an enriching experience to reconnect with those I was close to and also those who I was only an acquaintance with but now have lots in common through life experience.
It has made me think about Friendship and what it means to me. The other thing I realise is that we are always growing and changing and whilst we have lifelong friends there are other friendships that come and go throughout your life which also add value.
Friendship is part of a healthy lifestyle. Friends are there to laugh with, cry with, have adventures with, vent to or just be with.
I recently read an article on Fifteen Reasons We Need Friends and one friendship I hadn’t really thought about was my Facebook Friends. This type of friendship can be a life line to those who are confined to the home through illness or for other reasons. As I mentioned earlier, I have reconnected with some friends from school through Facebook and even if I don’t make the School Reunion, I now have new friends to share my life experience.
Things I love about Friendship
I love that my husband is my best friend.
I love that my daughter is my best friend and that we can share our thoughts and feelings knowing that we won’t be judged by each other. Now that she is mother a we have so much more to talk about.
I love the fact that I have a friend who I have been close to for many years and is godmother to my daughter. She lives in Sydney and although we don’t speak very often when we do it is as if it was only yesterday.
I love that I have friends are in various stages in their life – from 20 ‘somethings’ to over 80. I enjoy their company and can learn something from everyone and hopefully they can learn something from me. Everyone has something to offer even if you don’t realise it at the time.
I love the diversity of my friends and their interests. From my fitness friends who keep me motivated, my Saturday Sisters running group where we can talk about all kinds of things as well as run! My 70+ year old godmother and 80 year old Italian friend who constantly provide wisdom and life experiences. My children and younger friends who keep me young and up to date with technology, fashion and just basically won’t let me grow old!
I am fortunate to have friends who love me for who I am – even though they may think I’m crazy at times.It is the quality of the friendship not the quantity of friends that makes life so special. Click To Tweet
When we are young we feel that if we don’t have lots of friends there is a problem. As we experience life we realise that there are many forms of friendship and each one brings its own reward.
Some of us find it difficult to make friendships this article in Psychology Today makes some good points on why this is so. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/good-thinking/201502/why-you-might-find-it-harder-make-new-friends
Think about your friendships and what they mean to you and remember to have friends you must first be one.
Contact that friend today who you have thought of but haven’t spoken to in a while – it will make their day!
Let’s Keep Sizzling!