Definition of friend: 1. a person who you like and enjoy being with
2. one attached to another by affection or esteem.
The definition of friend fits my best friend and I perfectly. We are 9 years strong and counting. I met Sarah when she was 18 and I was 20, we were working together as front desk agents at a hotel. She was so quiet and kept to herself, and I was so open and never shut up! No matter how much I talked, Sarah was not interested in anything I said, I never could get her to open up at all. I think I had finally given up on cracking her code when she finally decided to give me a chance! Haha. I really am so glad she did, I couldn't ask for a better friend. We have been there for each other through it all. She moved a few years back and we lost touch for a few months, but when she moved back we just picked up where we left off. She came to visit at the hospital after each of the boys' births and I was actually in the room when her beautiful daughter was born. Our friendship has endured so many changes through all the different seasons of our lives, in the whole 9 years we have only had 1 major fight. There is so much balance in our friendship, she is cool, calm and collected and I am loud and crazy, which is good thing because when my world seems chaotic, she proves there can be a calm.
I believe friendship really is all about enjoying each others company and having affection for your friend. I also think I would add, a true friend stands by your side when you need them, is not judgmental, understands the words you cannot speak with just one glance, encourages your dreams, and most importantly you can be yourself around them. I have never felt like I couldn't be myself in front of Sarah, she knows me and accepts me- flaws and all. I trust her with every being in my body and I know she feels the same about me. I am so grateful she has stuck by my side even the moments she knew I was in the wrong, or I stressed out about parenthood. We have our different ways of looking at life, but it has never effected our friendship. Our kids play so well together, in fact they tend to let us know when it's time to hang out again. I love her family like they were my own and I know she feels the same about mine. You can only hope to meet someone one day and somehow form a lifelong friendship and I feel so blessed to have found mine 9 years ago. I admire Sarah and I have the utmost respect for her, I couldn't even picture my life without my bestie!
I hope today you can reflect on who is in your life, look back on the good and bad times. Who has really been there for you? Who loves you unconditionally? Whoever that is give them a call, or send them a text or whatever way social media allows you, but let them know how grateful you are that they are in your life. Maintain those lifelong friendships because when times are tough or you want to share your joys, you could really use that friend!
Have a wonderfully blessed week and don't forget Fall officially starts on Wednesday!!!!!