During difficult times, such as illness or other life changing events having supportive friends, especially old friends can make all the difference in the recovery process. Next to family, friends that have known you since your youth make troubled times more bearable.
Old friends are people who know your history, your moods, and your deep dark secrets. These friends probably know things about you that no one else knows, including your family. There are old friends who you may not see for years, but when you meet or phone, it’s as if no time has passed. These same old friends will come from near and far to support you through happy times and sad times.
It takes a lot of work to retain these friendships. I often wish I had worked harder. Once we are out of high school, friends may choose different paths. Career, marriage and children make day to day life chaotic. It often becomes difficult to find the time to nurture other relationships.
The interesting thing is that if we are diligent about keeping in touch with these friends, life can come full circle. When the children have grown and moved forward with their life and/or work hours have waned – old friends are still there. Now there is time to again rejoice in those relationships, finding new things in common, sharing the joys and challenges of later life, and as always providing much needed support.
This is the beauty of old friends.
This is dedicated to all of the wonderful friends I had the pleasure of growing up with: whether or not we are in still in each others lives, you are all forever in my heart. We shared some of the best years of our lives together and for that I am grateful.
To my childhood friends who are no longer with us – you will never be forgotten!
- The 5 Types Of Friends Everyone Should Have (thoughtcatalog.com)