Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 180: Best Friends

Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends. One of the greatest compliments a friend can have bestowed on them is ““A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

Life has a crazy way of giving us new friends, losing old ones and rekindling old ones. I remember growing up in Milwaukee and my first best friend was Dennis. He was from a Greek family and we were probably 4-5 years old. We had allot of fun and then one day we moved. Soon after we moved I met my new best friend, Mario. To this day Mario and I are friends even though our lives have taken two different directions. Through the magic of Facebook we have reconnected and even met with our families for dinner...it is a great thing. Would we be considered "best friends" today? Probably not, but friends none the less.

What is a best friend? I heard it once defined on a radio show that a best friend is someone you can tell stuff you cannot tell your spouse. We all need a best friend but sadly as we get older they can sometimes become hard to come by. The sad part is when we have those close friends or those we thought were close friends and they end up bailing when times get tough or poor decisions are made. This is something that has never made sense to me because unless the person is literally pushing you away...a "good" friend is one who sees through everything. No matter what you have done or are going to do a friend is one who sticks with you to the end. We all know the Sunday school answer is "Jesus" and I don't doubt that. I have to say though that a friend who is there with you physically is awesome as well. Be that friend to someone and you will see a friendship that lasts and stands the test of time.

"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

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