Much of our time is spent interacting with others, either in real life or online. We as humans have always been social creatures and so it is very important to surround ourselves with good people. A true friend is one who accepts you as you are but also encourages you to grow. A true friend is one who supports you and inspires you. A true friend is one who not only says they want the best for you but also acts in a manner that portrays that. A true friend is one who is truly happy for you during your moments of joy, and distressed by your moments of sadness.
Here’s why a true friend is so valuable.
They Boost Your Self Esteem; Whether it be a compliment they give you or when they celebrate the smallest of accomplishments with us, a true friend always makes you feel better about yourself in their presence.
They create a safe space for you; You feel the most comfortable when you are with your friends. When you are with them, you never have to think twice about saying something instead you know you can talk about anything and they’ll listen to you and won’t be judging you.
They support you; True friends are your support system for any kind of help you might need. You know your friends will try their best to help and support you unconditionally. When you need a second opinion on a decision you are about to make, your friends would be there to tell you their honest opinions while keeping your well being in mind.
They help you grow towards a better version of yourself; There’s a lot we knowingly or unknowingly learn from our friends. When we spend time with them in school, at our work places or at home, we might unknowingly end up adopting some of the habits they have. A lot of these are good habits for example, waking up early, not wasting too much time and being productive, and having good manners. Ultimately when we see our friends acting that way, we’re also motivated to start practising some of the good habits they have. However the opposite happens when we spend our time with not so great friends. The bad habits they have becomes normalized because they do it frequently around us. With no time, we also start acting like them. What I’m trying to say is, your mother was right, you are who your friends are and that is why just like having good friends is essential, it is also equally important to choose the right friends.
Fun fact: Next time you’re thinking of getting your friends a gift, consider adding a yellow rose onto your list because they are a symbol of friendship. The colour yellow is like that of the sun and so represents the warmth you get from being around true friends.