What I mean to say here is longstanding friends rather than old in chronological years although these days the two may well be the same thing. When you have known somebody since you were 11 or in the case of one of my best friends since 5 something truly magic and transformational seems to happen. You may not see them for months or even years, they may live in another country or half way across the other side of the world, yet when you meet again the intervening years just fall away and it seems like yesterday that you were having a good old gossip. Sometimes there isn’t even the necessity for words just a very comfortable silence as if you can read each others thoughts. Through the good times and the bad you know that there is always someone there for you and it is priceless.
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This is in no way to denigrate the value of making new friends and connections. As we get older it becomes increasingly important to keep learning, meeting new people and expanding our world. It helps to keep us up to date, young and vibrant especially if our new acquaintances are from a different culture or speak a different language. It adds richness to our lives to expand (maybe not our waistlines) our horizons, broaden our view of the world and keep our little grey cells working.
Finally not forgetting all the new friends I have met over the Internet since starting my blog. You are all welcome and add richness to my life in a different way. Thank you.
What are your thoughts about friendship, either longstanding or new. How important do you find friendship in your life? What do you find the best way to meet new people and make new friends. I would love to know.