I realized I have a lot of friends.
Maybe not typical friends, but I sure call a lot of people by that word.
I have many friends I’ve never met in person (even though I finally did start hearing their voices via different chat services).
I am ‘friends’ with people that I’ve worked with, but never hung out with outside of work.
What really constitutes a friend?
Friend Definition: a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.
Okay then. So I really do have a quite a few friends.
A former co-worker shared her fitness journey online a few weeks ago and I reached out to get some advice/tips. Someone asked me who told me that, and I said “a friend”. Because that is how I view her. She is an absolutely lovely person, so kind and nice, and I view her as a friend even though I have never spent a moment of time with her outside of that office.
I also have friends that I spend a lot of time with (or video chat with, thanks for moving Becca!) and share my soul with and act stupid with.
I have other friends that I speak to or see once a year and we pick up right where we left off.
My husband has a friend who he has known for over 10 years, give or take. He lives in Florida and they ‘met’ by playing video games together. They actually met for the first time 2 years ago for BlizzCon. We invited him up to Kansas to watch it online with us and I might have cried just a little. Justin thinks I’m ridiculous. 🙂
There are so many different types of friends that we can have.
Some will be with you for a lifetime.
Some will be with you for only a certain time.
Others may end up as just a fleeting memory.
Cherish them all.
Be thankful for the gifts and lessons they taught you.
There is a quote that I want to leave you with:
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
– C.S. Lewis
Just know that I consider all of you to be a friend and that you have a friend in me if you ever need one!