There are times when all we truly need is a good friend by our side. It’s more than just that they are our friend. It’s the years of trust that have been built in that relationship. The good memories and the hard times somehow solidify the structure of the friendship that allow us to simply be in each other’s presence.
When we have those particularly challenging days, most of us have that go-to friend that we can count on. It is a treasured thing, to know that someone always has your back; that you matter to them just as much as they matter to you. That friend who you can tell all your darkness to and still be loved, or just sit nestled up to, alone with your thoughts yet cradled in their love and compassion.
Friendship has the power to heal hurt. There are no conditions present, no keeping score on who has done more for whom. There is love and compassion. There are good times and sadness, yet all of it gets shared equally within that friendship. Perhaps that is what keeps a friendship alive; the ability to be completely and vulnerably yourself in the presence of the other person without fear of the power of friendship being abused.
Perhaps the power of friendship is that you are accepted, completely for who and what you are, and the ability to give the same back.