These Are the Friendships That Survived This Year

And they deserve to be celebrated

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

This year relationships were tested and destroyed

Some relationships, both within families and between friends did not survive the year. If you didn’t experience it yourself, at the very least you likely witnessed some heated exchanges on social media.

Maybe they are fewer than you thought, maybe they are not who you thought, but they deserve to be celebrated. And we don’t need to wait for the pandemic or even this year to be over to do it.

While we can all acknowledge that everyone is entitled to their opinion, fundamental ideological differences are harder to overcome. In some cases, they change our perception of a person so much we no longer wish to try.

Then there are the relationships that remain

Now, what we have left, if we are lucky, are the relationships that brought us comfort and joy.

As challenging as this year has been, it would have been so much worse without our friends, no matter if you have many, or just a few.

Some of your friendships may be many years or even decades old. There is something special about friendships with people who knew you when your brain wasn’t fully developed. They know about all the dumb things you did and said, and still want to talk to you.

There are so many friends to thank (even if they are one person)

The friends who shared funny memes to make us smile.

So, here’s to the friends that made it this year, the ones who reminded us though we weren’t together, we weren’t alone.

These friends, even if sometimes they were rolled into just a couple of humans or a single best friend (who truly earned their title this year) showed us it’s quality that counts in friendship, not quantity.

If you made it this far, celebrate

Maybe they are fewer than you thought, maybe they are not who you thought, but these friendships deserve to be celebrated. And we don’t need to wait for the pandemic or even this year to be over to do it.

Relationships | Parenting | Food | Life | Mother, wife, and left-handed herbivore. INFJ. Still a Jersey girl. Weekly email: https://bit.ly/3kJwihq

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