Why friends are important
I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you.
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
‘Why are friends important?’ feels like an odd question… they just are! Simply put, a friend is someone you have chosen to be important in your life (and you are important in theirs as well). Friends, good ones, are awesome. They are plucky partners in crime, willing to hang out and cause mayhem in the pursuit of awesome adventures. After your immediate family, friends are the second, adopted family. Just look at Sex and the City, all 6 seasons, 3 books, and 2 feature films, as the ultimate in weather all storms friendship. The simple truth is, good friends make you happy. You have someone to bounce ideas off, fangirl/boy over fictional characters with, share books and holidays. A good friend will help you through all manner of curve balls life will lob your way. Or they’ll just be there when you want to hang out for coffee.
Symptoms of a truly good friend include:
- Answering your rambling, disorientated phone call at 2am to help you handle an emergency
- Calling you at 2am to suggest an awesome adventure
- Never letting you feel down in the dumps for too long
- Should you die, they will be the first on the scene/in your house to hide anything super incriminating and delete your web history
- They will help you move house or drive you to the airport
But don’t forget that in order to have good friends, you need to be a good friend as well, and you may need to shuttle to the airport or hack a computer for a mate! If you’re in search of a friend however, CCA Iori has a great post on where to start your search. Check it out here.
Books on friendship… Because sometimes you need the lit pack to show you how it’s done!
- The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: There’s nothing like defeating an 8 foot mountain troll to show who your real friends are.
- Summer Sisters by Judy Blume: 2 girls are best friends since childhood and into adulthood.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt: The friends you don’t want! Features a glamorous, destructive, murderous in-crowd at a unique Vermont university and the guy who falls in love with the icy girl of the group.
- The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden: Aussie mates fight a war and win.
- All the John Green novels! Especially Paper Towns or Looking For Alaska.