Cloud Watchers
Meg and Baylee (“Cloud Watchers” & “How Meg Changed Her Mind”), two friends who learned to accept each other despite their flaws and differences. (Illustration taken from “Cloud Watchers”)

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Do you know who said this? Take a wild guess. It’s Muhammad Ali. Yes, the boxer who floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

Ali is right you know. Friendship is not something you are taught, but somehow it just comes naturally. Friendship is actually a form of love where two people mutually care about each other enough to accept each other for who they are. It is a bond created over time.

Friends are very important because they act as a positive influence in your life. A friend is someone who will be there for you during the good times and the bad times; someone who will laugh with you when you laugh, and give you a shoulder to cry on when you are sad. Sure, friends sometimes quarrel. It is human nature. However, if true friends have a disagreement, they remain bonded because they value the bond. They also correct each other to make each other better. A friend is someone you can depend on no matter what. Now, can you imagine how painful it is for someone to feel friendless?

Friendships are among the most important relationships you will have in your life. Many of your favorite memories probably include times you have spent with your friends. Whenever you see something funny and you just need to tell someone about it, a good friend will probably be one the first person you want to share it with.

Here’s a fun definition of friendship that I found on this website. It’s called the ABC of friendship.

A friend does most of these:

(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in “you”
(C)alls you just to say “HI”
(D)oesn’t give up on you!

(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(G)ives unconditionally
(H)elps you
(I)nvites you over

(J)ust “be” with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life

(N)ever Judges
(O)ffer support
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits

(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(U)nderstands you
(V)alues you

(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains thing you don’t understand
(Y)ells when you won’t listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality

Catchy isn’t it? It certainly caught my attention when I saw it!

Basically, friendship is unconditional love – not the romantic sort of course. It is a real bond shared between two people who understand each other. True friendship is really hard to find, so treat friendship like a precious gift.

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