Monday, 16 September 2013

A Tribute to my Friends

I attended a funeral earlier this past weekend. It wasn’t anyone’s I knew personally; I was there to provide support to someone who was attending.

This funeral was huge. A lot of people attended. It was beautiful too, with soft, touching, live music and never ending arrangements of beautiful flowers. But this isn't what I remember about the funeral. What struck me the most about this funeral was that so many of the honorary speakers were friends of the deceased.

They spoke about their friend with a broken heart, mourning her absence, sharing memories, and praising her person. Even without knowing this person personally, it was all very powerful to me. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

It reminded me that friends really can be your family, that they can love you with all of their heart, and would do anything for you. Most importantly, it reminded me that I am lucky to have so many friends in my life, and because of this, I feel truly feel rich.

My friends are people who I can be myself with, share my secrets with, and improve my quality of life with. People who I can count on, and vice-versa.

I’m blessed that I’ve had some friends for years – some of my closet friends I’ve known since I was five years old. This means they've been in my life for over 20 years. Some of my other friends have come into my life more recently. I have some that I don’t keep in touch with as much as I used to, some that have really hurt me, and some that I’ve hurt, too. Some live in different cities, provinces or countries. But all of them inspire me, and bring significant value to my life.

I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for my friends. These are the people in my life who have stuck by me literally through thick and think, through my best and my worst times, and who continue to do so.

I’d like to think that my friends and I ­all flatter each other in different ways, and hopefully I enrich their lives, too.

Friends: Thank you for loving me for who I am. For answering the phone when I call. For asking questions about my life, and caring about me and those who I love. Thank you for your honestly, your patience, your humour and your insight. Thank you for being a part of my life, but most importantly, letting me be a part of yours.


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