As human beings, we were not born to be alone; we are social creatures. This is a statement coming from an avid introvert; I enjoy my company, in fact I love it lol. But then again, I often have to snap myself out of this mindset and evaluate the importance of sorrounding myself with friends.
I would say I know quite a few people, although I wouldn't say I have many friends, just a selected few. Growing up I've never been part of a 'friendship group' or 'squad' as millennials now call it. When attempted, I never felt as though I fitted in, often felt quite forced. Albeit, I've always felt most productive and contented on my own.
However, having said all this.. there are people who have greatly touched my life. With gentle reminders and honesty, these friends are there to guide and support. To share laughter and tears.. their presence is a reminder that I am never really alone.
There's a common misconception that true friends are those you've known the longest. I disagree. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you" and proved it. To find one real friend in a lifetime is a fortune; to keep them is a blessing.
Of course there will be the occasional fallouts. A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to the friendship. But even so, I'm a strong believer that whoever is meant to be in your life will always gravitate back.
In general, life is better with friends. What better feeling than being able to share and experience lifes adventures and shenanigans than with your trusted ones?
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. A friend is, as it were, a second self.
Appreciate good people, they are hard to come by.