As the saying goes, ‘No man is an island’. We all need to connect with other people to fully give meaning to our lives. Our first relationships are with our parents. But as we grow older, we grow closer to our friends. They say that “friends are the family we choose for ourselves”.
Having a group of friends is healthy because you get to grow and learn things together. You also have a group to belong to and relate your experiences with. Parents may not fully understand what you are going through, but your friends will always relate to you because they are going through the very same things. These are also the people who will fight for you when you are in trouble. They are the people who will tell you if you are doing something wrong and try to correct you even if it might upset you. A good group of friends are the ones who make you a better
Even if you belong to a group of friends, there will always be that one person you trust and care for the most. A best friend is that one person who listens to your problems and makes sacrifices for your sake. He or she is your shoulder to cry on. This person is someone who will believe in you and stand by you every step of the way. To have a loyal friend like that is a rare find.
Friends do not have to always be together to remain friends. There are times good friends are separated for years, but when they meet again, they feel as close to each other as they used to when they were younger. Real friendships last a lifetime. And even though they get busy with their own families or work, all it takes is a reunion to rekindle all the happy memories and make new ones in the process.
To be a good friend does not mean you have to sacrifice everything to prove your loyalty. Being a good friend doesn’t mean you always have ready advise to give. You don’t have to always understand what your friend is going through. You do not have superpowers to make all their problems go away. But what is great about a good friend is that when you need him or her, they come to your side and listen. A good friend is always willing to be there when you need them. And having someone by your side during the lowest points of your life is very important. That is the true value of friendship.