How many friends do you have? I am not talking about Facebook “friends” now. I am not talking about the people you kinda know, your acquaintances. I am talking about actual friends. If you were going through a difficult time, who could you turn to? Who could you tell your story to without fear of being judged? Who would let you cry on their shoulder? Who could you text or call at say 3am and have a listening ear? That is just the very question I asked myself at work the other day – and the answer for me personally, the very high figure of four!
Four people in my life that I could consider a friend. One of my friends goes back nearly 20 years. 20 years! I sound old. (Perhaps I am?) Two of my other friends go back around 18 years. We used to work together. Of one of these friends, my spouse thinks we have an “odd” relationship, and yet we have been there for each other time and time again. The other guy, we don’t see each other as much as we used to due to him moving out of town but when we see each other, it’s like we haven’t been apart. It’s is never long before him and me are putting the world to right about various issues! And my other and last friend, a very odd one this, this person I met by “accident” and not all that long ago. I wasn’t looking for a friend. It just … happened. Organically you might say. It is odd though because this person knows so much about me in such a short space of time. We instantly “clicked”. (Well, from my point of view we did!) A person although I have known a very short space of time, compared to the others, has always been there for me, time after time, through thick and thin, good times and bad.
This post is just to simply say, “Thank you”. Thank you to the four. Life sometimes has been hard, really hard. In the last year or so, particularly hard and challenging. There have been times where the brown stuff has one and truly hit the fan, yet these four, at different times, have been alongside me to help me through it. Times when I really didn’t know what to do or say. When I didn’t know which way to turn, these guys have been there for me. Thank you, thank you! Although I have told my friends this face to face, I want to say it again, publically for all to see, “Thank you”.
I would urge you, if you don’t have someone you can call a friend, find one. It’s an old saying that gets said time and time again, “A problem shared is a problem halved”, but it is oh so true. These guys have been there for me, through thick and thin and if I can be of the same nature to any of the people who would consider me a friend, it would be my pleasure!
Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant.
(Lyrics to the “Golden Girls” theme TV show)