Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Gift Of friends

In my younger days during middle school and high school, I was a pretty shy and quiet (believe it or not) person.    I would interact with people but never really had a friend or group of friends that I consistently hung out with.

That changed in my senior year of high school as I got to know a person that would become my "best friend" for many years into college and beyond.  Through this "best friend", I met others that also became long term friends as well.  

These people became my default group I hung out with for many years.  I personally liked having a stable group of people to hang out with.   Through this group of friends, I met a few other people including one person I still talk to regularly.

As I have gone through college and into the workforce, I have opened up to the point where my friends are surprised when I DON'T talk.  Alas, as I have matured, I have realized that I am somewhat of an open book.  I don't like holding things in and have to get my feelings out.

That is why I am thankful for my friends who have listened to me talk about various things over the years.    Obviously, these friendships are not one sided.   One thing people really don't know about me is that I listen well and I think my friends appreciate this.

However, I am fortunate to have other friends beyond the ones I talk to.  I may not talk to some of these people as much as my older friends but we have common interests.   I definitely enjoy the times I spend with all of my friends whether it is talking, playing basketball or doing some other activity.

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