Values in Friendships

September 23, 2012
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Guest Blogger: Kellen McAvoy

As a senior in college, I have had many different friends impacting me in many different ways.  I have had friends for a few months, a few years, and friends since birth.  Though some friendships have faded away, others continue to remain strong.  This strength in our friendship stems for a consistency in our shared values and beliefs.  I have come to realize that the friends I have a healthy relationship with are the same friends I share common interests and experiences with.

  • My best friend from home and I have a common childhood.  We both went to the same schools until college which is where we hit a speed bump in our relationship.  The distance created a challenge in our friendship where we needed to take other means to stay in touch.  However, to get over this hurdle, we always make an effort to see one another each time we come home for the holidays.  We have a shared history and a lasting friendship that we work hard to maintain.  We value the struggles we have overcome together with our families and friends which is why our friendship is so important.
  • My best friend from college is someone whom I share the same work ethic with. We both understand that it is our responsibility to support ourselves and we share the struggles being in the workforce while continuing to pursue our education.  We find humor in our jobs and come home to discuss both the good and bad times we had in “the office”.  Thus, our value and pride in our work ethic is something that we understand about each other.
  • The third person I consider to be my best friend is my sister.  She may be miles away, however, she is the first person I would call at the end of the day.  We have not only grown up together, but we have also found strength in each other.  We have been through the hardships of overcoming divorce and we have relied on one another to face these issues.  Our interests in cooking, spending time together, and continuing to pursue our education completes our bond.  We trust one another and always make time to discuss our concerns or everyday topics of conversation.

Without these friendships, I would feel alone.  These are the people that keep me happy and healthy.  They are the people I turn to and enjoy spending time with.  We surround ourselves with each other to find comfort and laughter in everything we do.  These are the women I want to grow old with.

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