It is said that you cannot choose your relatives, but you can always choose your friends. Everybody in this world needs friends, and there is almost nobody in this world that does not have one or two friends. Friends are persons you know very well, are people for whom you have affection and respect and are also people that you trust.
As people grow older, friendships can change with circumstances and some may even grow deeper. You will tend to spend more times with friends and this makes it important that your relationships with them are healthy. Creating and keeping healthy friends is not an easy task, and requires some effort. Building good relationships must be based on strong foundations and it is important that you are always positive with them, never compete with them, listen to and respond to what they are saying, and at the same time never intrude on their personal space.
Friends are people who bond with you and are emotionally supportive. They are there if you need a shoulder to cry on, if you want support to visit a doctor or a lawyer or need a meal cooked or a child looked after. They are there for you, when you have troubles and need someone to listen and get advice. Healthy friends can be a rock of support through all the ups and downs that do come into people’s lives. You must always remember that friendship is a two way street, and you are expected to bring into a friendship as much as you may require to get out of it. You have to be equally supportive when it is your time to do so, and for this you must be constantly aware of each other and learn to understand when the friend needs your help or support.
At the same time, you must never have too many expectations from friends and must understand that they go through the same amount of stress in their daily life as you do, and may have similar problems of their own. Quite often friends act as a medium to release your own stresses and fears, by the simple act of just sharing your problems, without any need for finding solutions to them.
It is very important that, if you want to keep a friendship healthy, that you never impose any strain on it, by having expectations. Let any actions of your friends come to you spontaneously and never be disappointed if any such help is not forthcoming. Friendships ultimately prosper by being kind and respectful towards each other. You can only have friends if you are prepared to be one yourself. Treat people the way you would like to be treated and there is no reason that you will find them not being the friends you want them to be.
Friends are the people who will always be there for you, as you must be for them. Keep your relationships healthy by never imposing on them unnecessary stresses and strains, and always being there for them when you are needed.