Friends. They're people we take for granted...people who know our secrets, and people we talk to about everything - the good, the bad, and everything in between.
But in reality, who of these people are our real friends? Do we throw the word "friend" around too easily, when perhaps, this person is just an acquaintance?
I'm not sure if it's because I have more clarity out here in the country of what's important, and who is important to keep close, or if it's just me thinking about things too much.
When Matt and I made the move to this new way of life, I thought that my close friends from NY would still remain close friends, despite the distance - if my best friends Bex and Lizzie, located in London and southern CT, and I are still connected (and we are), then surely living in driving distance would maintain a friendship.
However, throughout the past few months, I've noticed that some of those supposed friendships have fallen away completely, with much more ease than I thought a bond like that would warrant. That makes me sad, but it also makes me think back to those relationships. Perhaps those "friendships" weren't as strong as I thought, for various reasons.
Because of TMF, I've been able to forge some new friendships, with new people from all different walks of life, and I've been blessed to become friends with some of the most clever, genuine, and lovely people on the planet. These aren't mere acquaintances....no. These are people that, I think, will go the distance. I can see Matt and I still being friends with them, 10 or 20 years from now. I can see them supporting and encouraging us as we start a family and grow our business.
Could my departed "friends" have said the same? Reflecting on it now...I think not.
To the people that know me well...thank you for your friendship. I treasure every smile, laugh and even the more serious topics we sometimes cover. I care about you very deeply and am blessed to call you a friend.