The Value of Friendship

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Value of Friendship

I’m realizing there is nothing quite as valuable as having supportive, loving friends.

For most of my junior high and teenage years, I didn’t have very many friends. It was hard to maintain friendships with my illness that kept me confined to a hospital bed for weeks at a time. The friendships I managed to make anyway were hardly consistent connections. I’d usually spend an intense amount of time with one friend until life circumstances pulled us apart for a while. As a highly independent person, I was not the kind of person to keep in touch or even allow someone to get too close. In fact, if I felt I had become too close to someone, I would start to sabotage the relationship, pushing them away.

But as I have grown more comfortable with the vulnerability of opening up and allowing myself to be seen, heard, and loved, I’ve also developed really strong, supportive, empowering, close friendships with others.

And it is pretty fucking wonderful.

I feel consistently surrounded by love and support. I know I have a whole team of people rooting for my success in every endeavor. My back is covered; if I ever need help, there’s no shortage of support to lean on. I used to believe others couldn’t be trusted. That at the end of the day, I was all I was ever going to have.

But that’s not true anymore.

The other night, I opened myself up to my community in a big way. It was a very emotional revelation, and I found myself being much more vulnerable than I thought I could be. But afterwards, I was surrounded by the love and encouragement of my friends. One friend gave me 
a hug, and told me “You are not alone.”

And for the first time, I was able to believe it.

I am not alone.

I am loved.

How beautiful is that?

Make friends. Open up. Get close. Connect.

It’s so worth it.

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