It is such a personal thing really isn’t it. My perception of what friendship is could, and most like is, totally different than yours. At the root of it though there are some common things I think can be agreed upon.
Friendship is a special relationship between two people. It isn’t quite lover/partner in life type of thing and yet it is far more than being acquainted with a person. It is the term we use to signify a special bond that has been created over a period of time. A bond that comes from life experiences both good and bad that are either shared or commiserated over.
As such we tend to be more open about ourselves, our lives, with people who we call our friend. We are more willing to let down our hair when we are with friends. We are more willing to cry when we are comforted by our friends.
Interestingly though there is also a tendency to have varying levels of friendship even among those closest to us. With one friend we might be willing to bare all but with another we still find ourselves holding back some things. This is because friendship isn’t just a one way street, rather friendship also means creating a common ground of understanding where we know almost instinctively that some tings are truly best left unsaid.
This doesn’t mean you value their friendship any less. Exactly the opposite is the case because by understanding that common ground and lines not to cross you are showing how much you value that friendship.
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