“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” (Unattributed)
I have been friends with some people since high school, others only a few months. I have friends who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond. One of my oldest friends is in her 90’s.
Some friends are animal advocates, environmental activists, political activists, artists, homemakers, spiritual leaders and some who are not easy to define.
Having an eclectic group of friends means that I am stretched to consider differing points of view and participate in activities I never thought I’d ever try. Variety is the spice of friendship and life.
It doesn’t mean I am swayed by people who have different beliefs or opinions to mine, it means that I get to listen to others and seek to understand. My life in enriched by all the people in my life.
Old friends know my history and know me. I don’t have to explain-they just know.
New friends, can bring a fresh perspective. When I’m in a rut, they may see something that I haven’t seen before.
As the saying goes, life is a journey best shared with friends.