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Friend Ships, not Boats

Submitted by Tara Redfield on July 17, 2010 – 6:32 pmComments

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Friendships are the true relationships of life and often reflect who we are and who we want to be.  Unlike romantic relationships, friendships are absolutely expected to last forever.  We can truly believe that a friend will be around for our entire lives.  Romance isn’t as sure a thing.  True friends can’t cheat on you, won’t get bored of you, and shouldn’t fall out of love with you.

Looking at my phone just now, I noticed that I have amazing friendships in spades.  The last ten texts, in a row, are from Marina, Samantha, Brooke, Olivia, Emily, Mirele, Cheyenne, Shanelle, Jackie and Paul.  I had to write about this, because I don’t know where I would be without any of these people…and they are just the ones I’ve talked to in the past 24 hours!

You could say that I am a social person.  I love going on trips with friends, to the movies with friends, to bars with friends, to coffee with friends, even to the doctor with friends!  Basically, any activity is better with a friend. I love my friends more than anything.  Each one has a special quality that enhances my special qualities.  I believe that friendships are essential to everyday life.  My friends have been with me through all experiences good and bad and because of that we are connected at our soul joints.

I look forward to these lifelong relationships.  When I’m at my 80th birthday party, dancing on the bar, I can’t wait to say that I have known most of these guests for 55 years or more!  It’s true.  Today, my dad, who just turned 60 this year, is celebrating his best friend’s 60th in the town he grew up in.  There will be a party with about 15 of his friends that he has known since grade school.  He still sees these friends and maintains amazing relationships with them!  I think that is amazingly special.

The best advice I can give about friendships, is to only keep the ones that better your life.  I have learned this through years and years of ups and downs with friends.  The ones that really care will always be there and always let you know it.  The ones that disappear were never really there.  Choosing your friendships is actually very important.  If you choose the best, your life will be rich, I attest to that.  My friendships are with people who inspire me, support me, and love me and I do the same for them.  If you only keep positive relationships in your life, you will see, nothing is ever really that bad.  Boats can be big, but ships are epic, and that’s what your friendships should be, EPIC.

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