My one friend that's always been there for me is my friend Tiffany. There came a point in my life where people weren't agreeing with my decisions (basically the boyfriend I had and where I was living) and she was the only one who stood by my side despite the fact that she also disagreed with my choices. It helped to have at least one person on my side. In the end, everything worked out and I'm still with the same boyfriend and living in the same place and I am extremely happy with how things are going. I think I couldn't have pushed through the tough times without her support.
On the other side, I've been that friend that's always been there for her. Tiffany suffered through the death of her father when we first met in fourth grade. That same year I promised her I would be her sister and I never broke it. Her depression following her father's death didn't really hit her until years later. Then, she decided to turn to alcohol, drugs, and a lifestyle full of risks. I watched her deteriorate and it broke my heart but I still stayed by her side while her friends and some of her family turned their back on her.
Now she's finished community college and just started going to a university last Fall. A week before she started class she called me up to tell me thank you for always being there for her. She told me that if it wasn't for me, she could never have gotten to where she is today.
It's rare to find friendship that lasts, especially through those tough times. This is something I have learned as the years go on and the number of people I keep in contact seems to dwindle. When you've got that real true friend, you just can't let go, even though it might be tough to hang on. Tiffany and I currently aren't talking because she's turned to drugs again but I'm waiting for that day she'll let me talk to her.