All day and all night the word friend is tossed around among the people. It’s used as a wondrous way to explain someone close to you, but in today’s world, it’s turned into something else entirely. I want to try explaining something that most people probably understand but never really think about. First, a question must be asked. What does the word “friend” mean to you?
For most people, I think the answer borders along the line of trust. A friend is a pal. They’re someone we grow close with, but not as close as a lover or partner. To me, a friend is much more than just a pal. Some of my friends I even consider family because we are so close. It all depends on your life experiences and your perception when it comes to the depth of friendship. That being said, not everyone is going to look at friendship the same way. This means that people are going to get hurt. It’s as simple as that. So why do we continue to “hurt” others? Sometimes people don’t even realize their doing it. Like I said, some people just take friendship more serious than others.
I’m not ashamed to say I’m one of those people. The majority of my friends are close friends. While that may mean I don’t have a lot, I take comfort in the fact that those I’m close with are just as close to me and take the friendship just as seriously. Of course friendship requires silliness and crazy antics, but the foundation of it all is what really matters. How much you trust the other person can make all the difference. That’s why it’s easier for me to remain in a close-knit circle of friends rather than a vast majority of “casual friends.” I just have such great respect for people who are willing to really look at it that way. This certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t have friends who don’t take friendship seriously. Some people simply can’t take that step forward or just don’t realize or put enough emphasis on the concept of friendship. It’s certainly not something to cry about.
Basically, after typing all my feelings into words, friendship, for me, at least, is like this: A world of possibilities if you trust the other person and vice versa. Trust is the foundation of all relationships. It’s a strong connection. A bond. It’s a beautiful thing to find the friend you connect with on a soul level.