Where would we be without our friends? I don’t know about you, but my friendships are very important to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband, my children and all my family – they are my world. But I also love my beautiful friends, and think of many of them as my extended family.
When it comes to having fun, there are just so many things that are more enjoyable with your friends. I love spending time in the company of my girlfriends, whether it’s a night out, a shopping trip or just having a cuppa and a chat, It’s great to catch up and touch base with what’s happening in each other’s lives. We have a great sense of connection, even though we don’t see each other all the time.
Friends as support
My friends are my support network, and during the times when life has presented me with great challenges, my girlfriends have been right there, supporting me and helping out in any way they can. Breaking both elbows and not being able to drive, preparing meals, bath the kids or do much of anything at all for 6 weeks was definitely a big challenge. A lot of people said, “Let me know if you need help”, but my true friends turned up at the door with homemade meals, picked me up for doctor’s appointments and ferried the kids to activities when we needed help. My real friends know I’m not very good at asking for help, so they just presented me with what they thought I needed. It was gratefully accepted.
Later that year, when both my parents were hospitalised, my friends helped out. The following year, when my beloved Dad passed away, my friends were by my side to console me.
They say that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I have a wide circle of acquaintances, but they are just that, acquaintances…. people I know. My circle of friends is much smaller and stronger. Some have come and gone from my life, but I truly treasure the people who’ve stood by me and supported me. I know they always have my back – and I certainly have theirs!
Quality time with friends
Many of my friends live in locations away from my home. I love taking a road (or plane) trip every now and then to go and visit them. Sometimes, it’s to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding or milestone birthday, other times, it’s just because we really need to catch up in person.
A few of us enjoy taking a weekend away together every now and then, just to reconnect and have a laugh together.
My best friend is like the sister I never had. We’ve been each other’s bridesmaids, travelled together and catch up on the phone regularly, as she lives 1.5 hours away from me. We share celebrations, commiserations and everything else in between. She’s a great companion and sounding board. I don’t know what I’d do without her, and I’m so grateful she’s in my life, after almost 40 years of friendship :).
Never underestimate the power of a cuppa and a chat with a friend to help your mental state. While my hubby is very supportive, my friends offer a different perspective on life and there are some things that only another woman can truly understand. I’m eternally grateful for their support and am always happy to return the favour.
Do you have a strong circle of friends? Or perhaps at least one close friend who you enjoy spending time with?
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