Psychologists say if a friendship lasts 7 years it will last a lifetime. Although I am under no illusions that it takes more than time to cement a friendship, I do believe this saying does have some merits.
I am very fortunate that the majority of my friendships have indeed surpassed the 7 year mark, and especially in recent years I have not lost many friendships.
My friends have certainly showed their loyalty and love for me in the past 2 years and I really do not know where I would be without them. They are my backbone and I know that if I truly needed them they would move Heaven and Earth for me. My friendships are one of the truly great passions in my life and I would not change them for the world.
But even though I know all this, I often do not have the time to think how immensely lucky I am to have such beautiful people in my life. It was only during a group Whats app conversation in my aptly named group ‘The Girls’ the other day that these feelings of luck washed over me. We started to share old pictures of us through-out our years of friendship. Moments that even myself who is often renowned for remembering every spec of the past had forgotten. Nights out and nights in. Dodgy hair and makeup plastered all over our shared history.
As I gazed at each picture I could not help but smile. These ‘girls’ have shaped my existence and accepted me for who I am. I have often stated that if you wrote our personalities down onto paper no scientist worth their salt would place us into a friendship group. We have a variety of different likes and dislikes (mainly me on that part my likes and dislikes are collectively classed as unique) but we for some reason fit.
I have known these women most of them for over 12 years, currently exactly half of my life and I feel that they deserve so much appreciation. So right now I would like to say this.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done, currently do and will do for me. You have kept me strong when I was crumbling and you let me speak freely without passing judgement. I love you all so very much and I know I usually only tell you that when I am too intoxicated but I truly mean it. Continue to become the strong stars that I know you are and I can not wait to spend the next 12 years with you.
‘There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and just live a little better.’