The last week or two has really shed light on my friendships, and it's shown me once again just how truly amazing they are. So with this in mind, I wanted to post a piece of writing I wrote for my best friend Zoe a few years ago for her birthday- her 25th birthday is coming up and what I wrote still stands true and will do for the next 25 I'm sure :)
'When we are born we are instantly bound to people- by blood. As we grow older we learn to build a family outside our own. We choose individuals and let them into our lives. We share every hope, every doubt, every dark encrusted thought with them. Sometimes they hurt us, betray us- let us down. We see their true colours and move on without them. Over time we understand who to trust...who we can truly call 'friend'.
Every flaw, every quirk of their's lightens our lives and keeps us from loneliness when others leave. We see through their eyes and into their hearts- we see the illusive beauty within. Laughter comes quick and easy, as do sympathetic tears and a kind ear. Always free to listen, they take in every 'blah' word we spit and repay us with wisdom.
Conversations that grow from nothing become wings to fly us far from the mundane. Dancing to loved songs becomes ritual and simple gatherings become events. We accept every flaw and insecurity...and love them all the more for it.
To find a person like this is special, to find more than one is a miracle. To have a group who share your passions, morals and goals is the only cure for loneliness. They are there when lovers scorn, when families fall and when even your own thoughts get too much. They show infinite strength to hold us up when all we see is black. The future holds many surprises hidden beneath the cosmos, but we know with these friends they can be tackled and turned into great adventures.
When we find these people we rest easy. When everything else falls apart we know we are not alone. And that is a gift to hold close to our hearts.
I have found those friends and I cannot wait to see what great adventures lay ahead- because with you, I know we can do anything.'