I have friends who have been with me from schooldays or campus days.... we've been through happy times, stressful moments... even anger and long silences.
But when I think of them, I feel a warmth deep inside my heart for they have lasted the mile. After all these years, they still want to be my friends :)
I told a friend once that when you put your trust in a friend, you are giving that person a knife, which he can choose to put away and never use. Or stab you in the back. But I didn't tell that friend that it is possible to survive stabs in the back and still remain friends with the other. It takes time for the wound to stop bleeding and the heart to forgive, but it is possible.
There's X, who shared many adventures with me, even though there were points of friction between the two of us. But I would like to think that deep inside, both of us see beyond those points of conflict. I appreciate her for being willing to share many enterprises (haha...) with me. There were some she actively opposed but I respected her right to have an opinion and just went my way. She's far away now, off on her own adventure but we still keep in touch.
And there's W, who can be counted on to offer a solid and rational opinion on whatever topic I care to toss her way :) Besides sharing a love for moist chocolate cake, of course. We meet infrequently... but it's always over coffee, which always provides the perfect ambience.
Then there's C, who taught me that love and hate can be two sides of the same coin. I mean that in the most positive way possible... :) as I like to test proverbs. Handled well, C is one of my favourite sounding boards. And if he reads this, he will demand a debate rematch on the topic...LOL...
I have so many other friends, who colour my life in the most vivid shades.... and I cannot imagine my life without them. Which is why when I meet people who don't have many friends, I have to try hard to understand them... for they seem to be quite happy with a solitary existence. But if their one True Friend is God, I can relate. He won't ever let you down, right?