The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley
Angie and I met at a church function when we were 15 years old. We were two of very few girls in a huge room full of boys, so naturally, we gravitated to each other. Next thing you know, we were friends.
Since then, we've gone to college hours away from one another, been separated by jobs and families that took up all our time, and we currently live 4 hours apart and see each other, on average, once a year. We've weathered all kinds of situations and have remained friends through it all.
One day, Angie's daughter was asking about what things she and I have in common. We don't generally like the same movies, books, music or TV shows. Confused, Samantha asked why we were friends if we didn't have anything in common. Angie replied that we were friends because we like each other. And that's all friendship has to be.
I don't like the societal standard that is out there in movies and TV about what friends should have in common. They should be the same age, same gender, same socio-economic class, and they should enjoy sitting around a table drinking coffee or beer. Oh, and there should always be at least 4 friends in the group. Less than that is just sad.
Bull hockey!! Friends don't have to have anything in common other than that they like each other. Differences of opinion make for lively conversation. And a different take on things can open up your mind, challenge your convictions, and lead you to new likes and experiences.
How did you meet your best friend? What are some of the differences and similarities you cherish?
This is the first in a series about friendship. I challenge you to follow along. You might learn something. You might even make a new friend along the way.