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I count myself very lucky. This week I’ve seen three of my four closest friends. Whilst I am very grateful for my brilliant family, it is definitely the enduring friendships that I have that have totally kept me sane over the years.
Whilst other acquaintances may come and go, the backbone of the last 20 years of my life has been pretty much about four ladies. Two of them I met at school. The third at university. And the last worked with one of the school friends, and became part of our close group.
We all have our skills to bring to the group. Whilst we are all quite similar in backgrounds, we have a very different outlook on life.
It brings a lot of balance when I have a dilemma. All I need do is ask each of the group her opinion. One of us is reckless, one of us is sensible, one of us is blunt, and two of us are logical. Due to this, a very good decision is usually reached.
They are brilliant at dispensing advice as they are now all in very different work sectors. One is a GP, one works as a teaching assistant and deals with pastoral care. Two are in the financial and insurance sector. Between us we can usually answer any questions.
They are also good for child advice too. I’ve been pretty late coming to the motherhood party, but most of my friends have now got older children, so they give great tips on how to deal with the latest issues. It has been a great help.
We have all had traumas and difficulties in life to deal with. Divorce, depression, bereavements and expansion of families. But I always know that they would be there if I called. Without fail.
It’s quite sad, but we don’t see as much of each other as I would like. But that is life. We all have busy lives, with other halves, families and work (or not work) getting in the way. My friend from university I maybe see three or four times a year, at Christmas and birthdays. She lives in a different part of the country. We meet and have lunch, sometimes with and sometimes without children. Whatever, it is always a lovely relaxed affair.
And when we do meet?
It is like we never have spent any time away. Even if we haven’t spoken or texted each other for ages, it is like we saw each other yesterday. We just pick up from where we left off.
At the end of the day, forgiveness of each others foibles and daftness is definitely the key. We understand each other so well. As a result, I am pretty sure that these enduring friendships will get me through whatever life throws at me.
I would love to hear about your enduring friendships in life! Do comment below, or find me and holler on social media.
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