Meaning of friendship: Kindness, love, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, ability to be oneself, and to make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend.
A new study came out that was done over the last four years have now consistently found that adults with the highest levels of happiness and general well being also reported strong, close ties to at least one or multiple friends. Having a friend in adult-hood provides companionship, affection, and emotional support. It has been to improve good health and longevity. Conversely, loneliness has been linked to increased heart disease , viral infection and cancer, as well as higher mortality rates.
I’ve struggled a bit with adult-hood friendships. My childhood best friend, from about 4th grade until we were adults was my everything. She was my lioness, my soul mate, my confidante…all the things listed above under the meaning of friend… She passed away when we were in our early 30’s of breast cancer. It was devastating and I struggled for years afterwards, really keeping my distance from friends. As my children have now become adults, I have found that they are some of my best friends. However, friendships with your family members aren’t quite the same, and here’s why….
As family members, we still tend to impose our own will, at times being judgemental, even if we try not to, because it’s a different type of love. A true friend, that’s not family, we don’t judge, we are just there for each other, to help and care for, even in distance. A friend is just a totally different type of relationship…you can possibly go days, weeks, and occasionally even months without talking, and yet, pick right back up where you left off at any given moment. Friends, at soul level, can feel each other’s pain, yet, understand that it’s not their pain, and instead support the other by being their lion, giving them the best advice, and just being there to listen without imposing our own will onto them.
In all honesty, I’m still a little guarded, but I have come to have two very close friends, that aren’t family. I don’t depend on them for anything, which is a different type of feeling. I just know that they are there if I need to talk or need an honest opinion on something. It’s a great relationship, that offers nothing in and of itself, except acceptance and understanding.
I hope if you have been struggling with loneliness you’ll put yourself out there and make new friends, or even perhaps, look up that old friend that you’ve grown apart from and re-kindle a relationship that is beneficial for both of you. Friendship is one of the most important foundations in our lives, and I truly believe that a friendship out of family, is very important.
Peace & love
Cause I’m not there yet, but perhaps, Soon Enuff