Finding people who listen and care about you is key to finding true confidence. Although self-love ultimately comes from within, outside confirmation that you are loved reinforces that process — and sometimes it even starts it.
Although I believe that you should be your own best friend, one of the most beautiful gifts in life is that of friendship. It’s amazing how a friendship can be a catalyst to growth, change, and acceptance. It’s amazing how the love of a true friend can make life seem that much greater, better, and fuller.
I’m in awe at how a friendship can grow and develop over time. It’s like how a little sunshine and nourishment can make a tiny seed into a wondrously beautiful plant. Isn’t it funny how a seemingly random encounter can eventually develop into a strong bond that grounds you and helps to sustain you?
Great friends are like sanctuaries from life’s storms. A friend can get you to laugh when you really want to cry. A friend can offer you advice, looking out for your blind spot. A friend can offer you support, embracing you when you don’t have the strength to embrace yourself. A friend can accept you, with all your weird quirks and tell you they wouldn’t have it any other way.
And the best thing about friendship is that it’s give-and-take. The only payback required after a friend helps you through a tough situation is to be there when they encounter their own. And with a true friend, it’s not a nuisance, but an honor. To have the opportunity to give love the way you’ve received it is incredibly fulfilling and healing.
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