When you were a kid, it seemed normal to have, like, a billion friends. We invited everyone in our class to our birthday parties, we hand-drew valentines for all the boys and mostly felt part of a big happy group. But as we grow older, we may notice that our circle of friends seems to be getting smaller. Friends move on with their lives, move away and start families of their own – eventually entering into a new circle of friends. In some cases, some people that we once thought who one person were actually not.
Now that most of us are full-swing into adulthood, we are OK with not having a collection of friends. We have learned to value the friendships which have lasted through our childhood and adolescence, and even when we started having boyfriends and beyond. Many of us might ask ourselves, what is the exact definition of a true friend? Is a true friend someone that you have to talk to every single day? Or hit "like" on every-single one of their Facebook post? We might think some of these actions would make us a good friend; but to me the definition of being a true friend is being a good listener, being a support system and cherishing the moments that we do have together. A true friend is someone where is doesn’t matter how long ago you last spoke on the phone, but you can pick right up where you left off. A person where you can just hang out together on the couch and laugh for no apparent reason. Someone who cries with you when you have a rough day. As adults, we start to find these qualities more important throughout different stages of our lives. I am fortunate enough to have my handful of loyal and genuine friends in my life. Some live near, while others live far, some are single, engaged and some are married with children.
The girls in the picture above have been with me the longest, through ups-and-downs, thick-and-thin and this crazy journey called life. As we’ve grown, we have moved away to different parts of the area, but I am truly one of the lucky ones to have these women, and a special few others in my life. To me, I cherish the quality of these friendships than any quantity of acquaintances. "