In my opinion, there is nothing better than having a loyal friend. Someone to walk through the ups and the downs with. Someone to laugh about ridiculous things with. Someone to have crazy adventures with. (Those adventures eventually make the best stories.)
Growing up, this whole friendship thing seemed much easier and natural. My parents would often drop me off at a friend’s house, and we would spend most the night laughing and talking until one of us crashed. But as we’ve grown older, it feels like these friendships, in general, have gotten harder.
Is it possible that in today’s digital age friendships aren’t going as deep as they used to? Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with developing friendships over digital platforms. I met my fiancé and one of my best friends that way. But relationships have to go deeper than virtual hearts and likes. You want friendships that will challenge you . . . real people who will call out things in you that you can’t see.
One of my best friends and I will often get in arguments because we’ve both given each other permission to speak into each other’s lives. He will call me out for something I’m doing, and I won’t see it right away and will normally push back. But he won’t back down. Eventually, I’ll see his perspective, and even if I don’t agree, it makes me so thankful for a person who fights for what’s best for me.
If you haven’t already, take a moment to watch the video above and then identify those type of people in your world. People who aren’t in competition with you or just being critical of you. Whenever I am with someone and they continue to put others down, I will no longer hang out with that person. I try to surround myself with people who are uplifting and encouraging, but also full of truth.
All of us on the Sons & Daughters Team want to do life with you and support you however we can, but obviously we can only do that to an extent. So find people around you that are going to take you to a higher level. Choose carefully. The old maxim is true: if you show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.
We love you guys and are so happy that we get to do this journey with you!