As September is friendship month, Sue wanted to highlight and celebrate just how important her friends are to her.
Over the years, my friends have advised me many times on my love life (an ongoing subject that really isn’t worth a long discussion!) my career, including joining Rambutan, and my fitness regime (or lack of it). More importantly, they’ve just been around for me to chat to or vent at!
Friends come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Having worked all over the country, mine geographically span from the Isle of Man down to London and across to Norfolk (and even temporarily at the moment, Canada and Cyprus) as well as locally in the East Midlands. Social media is to be praised and applauded for helping me stay in touch with those I would have otherwise lost contact with. Technology really does have a great upside.
Straight, gay, white, Asian, male and female, I’m very lucky to have an eclectic mix of friends from different cultures, faiths and sexual orientation who I not only have a laugh with, but who also challenge my viewpoint and tell me off when I’m being silly or misbehaving!
I have friends I see only a couple of times a year, who go back to my primary school years (they remember stuff I’d much rather forget!) and others who I’ve got to know over the last few years and see regularly; work friends (especially those at Rambutan!), drama group friends and friends who share the same political views as me. They say you should never discuss politics with friends…how wrong they are, whoever ‘they’ refers to!
I’m privileged to have ‘spot-on’, trustworthy neighbours as well, who I feel lucky to be able to call friends. I should be celebrating this fact rather than just taking it for granted.
I believe it’s not just great outings and memorable moments with friends but the short online chats, the text messages at all hours of the day and just chilling out on the sofa together doing very little, that make fantastic friendships that last.
My friends (corny though it sounds; it’s true), make me feel happier and healthier and they give me an escape from the normality of everyday life, which I’d have a hard time finding elsewhere. To those of you who I count as my friend, thank you for being there and long may our friendship continue.
Have you got any great friendships stories that you’d like to share?