Why Friendship Is Such An Important Part of Life

FriendshipMy 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.

Best Friends

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!

 

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39 thoughts on “Why Friendship Is Such An Important Part of Life

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  3. Jennifer Abel

    Friendships are certainly important and I think the older I am getting the closer I have become to some of my long time friends, I enjoyed your post , thanks. Visiting from #fridaysblogboosterparty!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks Jennifer. I find that you have your friends who remain most of your life and others that come and go. I glad you enjoyed the post.

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  4. Kathleen

    Thanks for that thoughtful post. We have two couples that we have had as friends all our adult life, we value them so much. One of them was our bridesmaid, so that is special. Now I am excited at making new blogger friends, that is also special to me. Thanks for sharing on Friday Blog Booster Party.

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks for the opportunity Kathleen. That is so lovely that you have kept the two couples as friends for your adult life. It doesn’t always work out that way so good for you. Enjoy!

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  5. Angela

    I couldn’t agree with this more. I moved away from home ten years ago, and facebook has been such an important tool in my life because it’s allowed me to not only maintain friendships but also reconnect and build friendships with people from my youth. Friends do come and go but I have learned to recognize the ones that really love me for me, flaws and shortcomings and all. Great post.

    Angela @ Stepping into Motherhood
    #bigblogtopparty

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Angela thank you for your post and you are spot on. Looks like we think the same way. You don’t need a lot of friends you just need the right ones. Have a lovely day!

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  6. Stephanie

    I consider my husband my best friend too. I really only have one other close friend. I find myself more of an introvert, and I have such weird hobbies that are mostly solo activities. I’m pretty okay spending a lot of time alone. However, I’d be pretty sad without Facebook. So many of the people I consider friends are people I’ve met online, but never in person.

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Stephanie thanks for your comments. It is lovely having your husband as your best friend and you don’t need heaps of friends just special ones. I love facebook for the same reason as you. I’ve reconnected with girls I went to school with through a FB page for our High School Reunion. We haven’t seen or spoken since we left school so its lovely getting to know each other again.

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  7. Sinziana

    Hello! Stopping by from Friday Blog Booster.
    Nice words about friendship…I don’t have many friends but few and good ones :). Also, my familly members (including my 3 years old son) are my best friends…Wish you a great week-end!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Sinziana, you don’t need many – quality not quantity is my motto. Its lovely to have a close family who are friends as well. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes Debbie it is hard when you move away from home and have to make new friendships. You don’t need many – just special ones. x

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  8. Mike Smith | Sunshine Dad

    I love those few friendships I have that even if we haven’t spoken for 5 years we could hang out like no time had passed at all.
    Friendships make all the difference in the world. Thanks for linking up #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks for the comment Mike. I have a couple of friends like that and it is lovely when we do catch up.

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  9. Kathleen

    Sue, this post was in the Top Six most clicked on Fridays Blog Booster Party#2. It has been promoted on Pinterest, G+ and Twitter. Thank you, well done.

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Kathleen will keep working away and who knows one day might be the most clicked! Thanks for the feedback and the opportunity.

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  11. Hope N. Griffin

    Friendships are so important. I think you would like the book “Heart Sisters” Thanks for linking up with #JoyHopeLive today. I hope to see you again next week.

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Hope, thanks for the comment and I haven’t heard of Heart Sisters so will look it up. It does sound like something I would read. Take care.

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  12. theartinpartyplanning

    Well said! Friendships are something I cherish closely. I grew up with my best friends and am subsequently growing old with them now! I hope my kids find the same type of friendships I was lucky enough to stumble upon!

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  13. Chantal

    Facebook is such a great way to connect when you can’t in person! I couldn’t imagine life without my friends! Thanks for sharing and thank you for joining the Link-It To Me Link Up party this week, hope to see you again next week!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Chantal I couldn’t agree more. Its a great way to keep in touch in this busy world. Hope to be at your next Link-It to Me Link Up party and have a great weekend.

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  14. Sinziana

    I don’t have many friends but the few ones that I have are very closed to me and we suport eachother as much as we can…Lovely words and writing Sue! I love your style very much.
    Regards,
    Sinziana

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Sinziana what a lovely compliment about my writing style. I just write from the heart and am not professional. I think we only need a few close friends who will be there for us no matter what. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and have a lovely weekend.

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  15. Michele

    Isn’t it wonderful to have friends both old and new? I have reconnected with high school friends and friends I taught with thirty years ago. And I have discovered new friends in the blogging world. Friends do make our lives richer!

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    1. sue Post author

      That is lovely for you Michele. I’ve discovered new friends since I started blogging about 6 months ago. I call them my ‘virtual friends’. Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  16. Kathleen

    Sue, this post was in the TOP SIX most clicked on Fridays Blog Booster Party #17. It will be featured on Friday. Being Featured gives important links pointing to your blog. Don’t forget to join us with more of your posts.

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  17. Life Loving

    Hi Sue.

    I completely agree with your post. I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago. It was after a really nice evening out with friends that I took stock of having so many friends and being so lucky. It’s hard keeping in touch with everyone, especially as we all have such busy lives, but I try my best as each and every friend enriches my life in a way that they probably don’t even know.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Sally, thanks for stopping by to comment. We are lucky to have friends who we can enjoy spending time with and are also there for us in time of need. It does enrich our lives. Have a wonderful week and see you at next week’s link up!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh Ashley I am so thrilled! That is my second feature on Archives Friday. I just love the concept of being able to post older posts which were written with love and care and are still so pertinant today. Thank you and I’ll definitely be back on Friday. Have a great week!

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  19. Ashley Tukiainen

    I love this!!! And I so agree. Friends come through all walks of life and whether short term or long term they can make a big impact. Thanks for joining us at From the Archives Friday!! i always love reading your thoughts

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh thank you Ashley for your kind words and the opportunity to link up at From the Archives Friday. Have a great week and see you Friday x

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