friend: noun: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
There are so many types of 'friends'!
You have your best friends, your acquaintances, your work friends, your mom friends, the friends who live far away but are never really gone, the friends you have had forever, the friends who you don't talk to for months but when you see them it doesn't feel like any time has passed at all, the friends whom we have drifted from, and the list goes on and on!
I have friends in each one of the above categories, and I am no doubt in these categories myself. And let me tell you, each and every one of these people are priceless!
I wouldn't trade any of them in for the world. Each and every individual has taught me something. Shown me something. Or has shared something with me along the way.
What exactly does it mean to be a Friend?
For me, I think that it means: being fun, being a good listener, being able to be yourself, being loyal and forgiving, being encouraging, celebrating triumphs, supporting losses, being truthful, being supportive, being helpful and caring, being attentive and adaptable, being trustworthy, and most importantly...just being!
Regardless of what it may or may not be, we all need meaningful connections, and relationships, with other people.
While I try my best to help encourage, celebrate and support each person, I know that I have plenty of room for improvement in this department. I am nowhere near the perfect friend...but the true friends I do have, know this about me and love me anyways!
Which is kind of what I'm getting at here: Quality over Quantity.
The people in my life are irreplaceable. They are my chosen Family.