Unexpectedly a few days ago, I received a message on my phone.
"How do you qualify friendship?"
Wow. Where do I start?
Ironically as my name would suggest, I have a lousy track record of friendships. When I was younger, I'd have to say I was a terrible friend. I don't think I understood what it meant to be a friend; to know what that would entail. After hanging around on this rock for a few decades though, I've seen where I've been a pretty terrible friend and where I've made questionable friendship choices. I'm much more cautious about whom I make friends with these days.
To give an answer the question above is nearly irrelevant though because we all have a different take of what we want from a friendship. One may want to associate with only popular people because they value their social status while another might just want to know and learn from other people. We all have various reasons for why we become friends with someone else.
Trying to figure out what friendship is can be a pointless task. I think we all have an inherent sense of who is strongly bonded to us and those with much weaker bonds. The people who care about you will tell you when you're wrong, stand up for you when you've fallen and sit with you when you're down.
Value the people in your life who love you for who and what you are.