Old to New and Everything In Between
Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, and they have the power to bring tremendous joy into our lives. Whether you've known someone for years, recently met, or fall somewhere in between, there's something special about having a true friend. That person who knows your quirks, understands you on a deep level, and loves you unconditionally is invaluable, no matter where you are on the friendship spectrum. Let’s explore the beauty of friendships old and new, and everything in between.
Think of your fondest memories growing up - they likely involve old friends who have seen you through thick and thin. Whether it's your childhood bestie or your college roommate, these are the people who truly know you. There's magic in reliving old memories by flipping through photo albums together. Even if you drift apart or only meet up once in a blue moon, reconnecting with an old friend is like hitting the rewind button on time. Be sure to take the time and turn these fond recollections into reality by getting together to bring back those happy memories and make new ones!
New friendships, on the other hand, bring excitement and a fresh perspective into our lives. Meeting someone who shares our interests or our sense of humor can feel like a breath of fresh air. These are the people who challenge us to step outside of our comfort zones and try new things. Building new friendships can be especially important during transitional periods of our lives, such as starting a new job or moving to a new city.
An then, the beautiful everything in between friendships - not old and not new, but somewhere in between. These are the people we may have met through our kids, bonded with at a chilly hockey game, on a sideline or maybe connected with at a job. It's like a delightful blend of the familiar and the fresh. Discovering all the similarities and differences with these pals is exciting and welcoming.
Whether a friendship is old, new, or somewhere in between, but one thing they all have in common is trust. You've got to have each other's backs, no matter what. Who else is going to celebrate your victories and wipe away your tears? That's what real friendship is all about.
At the end of the day, the beauty of friendships lies in the fact that they can bring so much love, laughter, support, and growth into our lives. Whether we're reminiscing about old times with an old friend, building new connections with someone we just met, or solidifying friendships somewhere in between, the relationships we have with others are what make life worth living.
As one of my college friends said, “There are people for whom the bond is so strong and the memories so deep that frequent contact is not important - but you know that they are there for you, their presence in the world remains with you - they have your back, they understand you deeply and they just get it.” That’s the beauty of friendship.