The Importance of Friendship

“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.”

~ Charles Caleb Colton

          Friendship is, and has always been, an indispensable aspect of our lives. The creatures we don’t share a drop of blood with, yet hold the closest spot in our hearts are our friends. They are those who mock us shamelessly in our faces and yet endure with us our most distressing hardships. The importance of friendship is clear and explicit through its effect on our existence.


          To begin with, all friendships hold some positive and negative aspects; however, the former are generally more dominant. For instance, during fights, all annoyance and irritation between friends ,eventually, cease to exist and strengthen the bond between the two people. That is what makes friendships great; they can almost always be resolved.


          Second, friends are our second parents, for they stand beside us at anytime and in any situation. During agonizing events, friends are there to comfort us and cheer us up. And during jubilant events, friends will also be our side sharing the happiness with us. In fact, friends also boost our self-confidence, especially when we are most vulnerable. As Euripides said, “ Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”


          Also, friendships are a main source of memories and pleasure. Think about it: What are the most exciting remembrances you could think of right now? Is it just a coincidence that most of these memories are shared with your friends? We cannot deny the significance of our families and parents; however, friends are simply on a whole different level, for the relationships held with them are truly distinctive.


          In fact, have you ever divined what the word “Friend” stands for? If not, I am pleased to inform you that the acronym stands for “Few Relations In Earth Never Die.” This vague definition has many interpretations, but in its simplest terms means that a strong friendship can never come to an end whatever happens. Its solid foundation is what makes the relationship truly unique.


          Frankly, I have once had an encounter that truly proved to me the significance of friendships and the power they retain. A few years ago, my friend and I were going to an amusement park in the blissful country of Egypt. Then, when we were on our way home, we faced three street fighters, all of which were tall and husky. Of course, we were two and they were three, and the only choice we had was to run away , for as the old maxim puts it, “Plenty get over bravery.” We ran as fast as we could and, of course, they chased us. My friend, being an athlete himself, was faster than me and could’ve outrun the fighters. However, he did not abandon me, though he was at risk of being caught. Then, when the fighters captured and seized us, we were glad to realize they were merely searching for money. Having no money whatsoever, we handed in our phones and were free to go. My friend’s decision to not desert me has truly struck me as a person and continues to do so every single day.


          Indeed, true friends are difficult to find nowadays especially in this dog-eat-dog world we live in, where all people are in a constant exploration of their own benefits. As American author H.Jackson Brown, Jr. once said, “Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.”




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