"As we grow up we realise it's less important to have more friends and more important to have real friends" -unknown
Sometimes I feel a little jealous of those with friends that are always popping around each other's houses, having nights out, doing their shopping together, never doing anything without consulting the other one first. But only a little jealous, I've been there, done that and it only made me feel uncomfortable. I'm the type of friend that is there whenever you need me, so long as it's not 24/7. I don't do long, long telephone calls either. Maybe back in the day before we had mobiles and text, but not now, I'd much rather send off a quick text then meet in person for a good chat.
Shopping, I prefer to do on my own, although if you want me to tag along to appointments or give you a lift, I will if I can.
"Friendship is not a big thing, it's a million little things"
So, I guess I'm not the best type of friend but I'm not a bad friend either. I'll never tell anyone your secrets, spend the whole time we are together moaning about how bad my life is, stop you from chasing your dreams or steal your fella. I'll help you whenever I can, listen whenever you want me to and if you want a night out, just because I turned you down last time, don't stop asking I won't always say no.
Friends are important in our lives because they help us to be happier. There is nothing I like more than catching up with my friends and having a chat, my spirit feels lifted and any worries and problems I may have been having at home can be forgotten for a while. It doesn't matter how awful your problem seems, if you talk it over with a friend they will see it in a different light and be able to give you guidance, show you things you hadn't noticed before and help to make things better. Even if you don't go to your friends with your problems just being with them can help lift you up and make you feel happier and healthier. Friends are like a tonic that enrich and invigorate our lives.
"A Sweet friendship refreshes the soul - Proverbs 27.9"I watch my young children make friendships all the time. Sometimes they find it easy, other times they find it hard. They argue, they make up it's all the way that making friends work. The ones that stick around are the ones that truly are friends. I teach my children to respect their friends and then hopefully they will be respected in return. It doesn't hurt anyone to be nice to someone and being nice can make you a new friend.
"Every new friend is a new adventure...the start of more memories - Patrick Lindsey"
It's the International Day of Friendship on 31st July 2015 and I'd like to dedicate this post to all my friends. Even those I haven't met yet xx
Disclosure: This post is produced in collaboration with TheCircle, all thoughts and opinions are my own.