You know that saying, that people are lucky if they have a handful of true and loyal friends over the course of their lifetime?
I must be the luckiest person in the world.
I have so many friends!
Friends that are good for just chatting with and talking up a storm about anything.
Some that are fun to go out for coffee with and talk about music.
Friends that are good to go shopping with.
Friends that are good for long phone conversations.
Old friends that I miss and would like to talk to more.
Friends that have all different kind so skills and careers.
Friends that have so many different view points on things.
Friends that are exhausting, but so wonderful and amazing in their own unique ways.
Friends that are mild, and understated, but are there for you when it truly counts.
But there are a few more that are just something.. different.
Some of them I've never met in real life. Some of them I know through this incredible invention .. online life.
Some of these friends I've known since I was young.. and they're still around..
This handful of friends, probably 8-10 in all, are FIERCE.
These friends are the ones that I could not talk to for years.. but if I really needed them? They'd be there.
Friends that would drop anything to talk to me in a crisis... and would tell me what I need to hear even if I don't want to hear it.
Friends who will always get excited with me about my newest "thing", and believe in me. Even when I don't.
Friends who know I'd do the same for them.
I know I'm lucky in this regard. I live a very blessed life, by the grace and giving of other people.
I think the reason I have such good friends is because I try to be a good friend first. If someone is important to me I treat them like family. I don't let them go without. I make sure they know I'm there, and even when they're too busy to keep in touch I reach out to them.
But that doesn't account for all of it. Somehow, Someway, I managed to hit the friendship jackpot. And for that, I'm thankful every day.