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Defining a Best Friend

Updated on March 20, 2012

This one is easy. I made friends with this girl in my teens and now more than fifteen years later we are still in touch and have been in touch all through these years in spite of not living in the same city since the time we first met. And it is not about just being in touch, we have supported each other, encouraged each other, laughed, surprised each other and build this bond over the years that today I can pick up the phone and speak my mind without thinking twice about what I am saying. I think that is the crux of it – a best friend is somebody you can share things with without worrying about the reaction or consequences, because you know they won’t judge you or berate you, they will always support you and guide you and put sense into your head if you’re all wrong!

She and I are so very different, we wanted and still want different things in life, we pursued different careers, we differ in our favourite food, drinks, choice in men etc. We have different fashion styles and differences in outlook too, but that is what is amazing, none of these differences affect our friendship, we are frank and caring, we respect each other’s choices and support each other’s beliefs and endeavours.

A chain mail that was making its rounds once said -

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
Love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy.
They just promised it would be worth it.

Friends are like balloons.
Once you let them go, you can't get them back.
So I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.
Send these balloons to your friends.

I am the emotional and expressive one and when I forwarded this chain mail to my best friend telling her I value our friendship, I get an exasperated response saying- you don’t have to butter me early in the morning because come rain or snow, you will be my besty friend. P.S sending money in an envelope will be a good idea !!

I think I am lucky to have her in my life, to have somebody you can share your joys, your apprehensions, your worries and secrets and know that he/she will always be there for you, just to hear you out or be a shoulder to cry on, is simply amazing.

Sometimes I don’t see her for years, she couldn’t make it for my wedding either, but we are always in touch, always know what is happening with each other’s day and life even when I am thousands of miles away and in different time zones, she will there and she will respond and I know she will only make me feel better and help me get back on my feet.

We tease other and we squabble on Facebook and that is all in good fun!

I wish her the very best in life and I hope I can always be what she has been to me now and in the future.

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    • Riverfish24 profile image

      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks Mridul! I am glad you have friendships you can cherish!

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      Mridul 5 years ago

      Hey Riverfish ..I can totally relate to you, its very important to have best friend and I have been blessed with two ! Friendships are god given relationships !

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks brewskitmeguy. I am glad you have great memories of your friend, I guess not everybody is fortunate to experience such bonds.

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      brewskitimeguy 5 years ago from Maine

      I love the hub...Years ago when I was in police work, I had a best friend who was a fellow officer in the next town over. We did everything together. to make it short, one night he died in my arms while in the line of duty. I miss Bobby even to this day, simply becuase we would have been the best of friends thorughout our lives. Thanks for bringing back a great memory

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks fpherj48.

      I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you well and hope you find things and people to lessen the void in your life.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Riverfish24....I love this hub, even though it's caused me a bit of sadness. My very best friend in this world was my only sister. We had an unbreakable, powerful bond that we both dearly treasured. Tragically, I lost her to cancer 8 years ago. Since then I can tell you sincerely, there's a huge hole in my soul and void in my life.

      I have friends of course, but the reality is, no one will ever be able to be as special and close as my sister. A beautiful hub, voted UP+++

      WELCOME to HubPages & Happy Hubbing!