Monday, December 7, 2009

Many types of friends

What is a friend? Merriam-Webster defines “Friend” as:
1 a : one attached to another by affection or esteem b : acquaintance
2 a : one that is not hostile b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group
3 : one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
4 : a favored companion
We find our friends in many places throughout our lives. When we’re young, we usually develop friendships with our peers in school. As we get older, we find new friends in college and then in the workplace. If we’re lucky, we retain some of those original friendships. I am very blessed with a dear friend I’ve known for about 30 years now. She’s just like a sister to me. Speaking of sisters, your siblings may be another source for friendship. I consider my sister to be my very best friend besides my husband. So, our significant others are also a source of friendship. 

Lately, I’ve realized that you can also find friendships in unlikely places like blogs and forums. I may never meet some of these people face-to-face, but I feel like I know them. We connect over a similar interest, like exercise or being vegetarian, and then discover that we often have even more interests in common. We can learn from each other, be inspired by each other, and cheer each other on.

Not only can you find friends and friendships in many places, there are also varying types of friendships. We have those that are life-long and those that are more fleeting. Some friends are shopping buddies, some are shoulders for tears. Some friends you speak to daily, others annually. And sometimes you may have friends that you’ve never really met. But no matter the type, they are all much needed and fill important rolls in our lives.

Perhaps I am being a bit nostalgic. I have lost friends and I have gained them. It's important to not discount friendships and the importance of them in our lives.