Rod Stewart once sang, “Keep smiling, keep shining. Knowing you can always count on me for sure. That’s what friends are for.” That song remains as one of many anthems about friendship. As we all know, friendships, more often than not, are very special and they’re a bond that remains through time because friends are everything.
Unless they’re fake friends, which I’m sure we’ve all had a fair share of but as you grow older, and hopefully wiser, you’ll come to recognise who your real friends are. My friends are special to me as these group of wonderful people are the my chosen family. So, what makes a good friend and how do you know if you have real, true friends?
- They don’t keep track of favours. Anything they’ve done for you is out of their own goodwill and not for you to owe them.
- Real friends will make you feel good about yourself and remind you the good things that you may not see or believe.
- He/she is not an enabler and will tell you when what you’re doing is wrong. No matter how harsh they may sound.
- A good friend is always present. They’ll put their phone down and really listen when they’re with you and will always pay attention to your needs.
- They are there for you at your lowest and have never given up on you, even if you’ve given up on yourself
- They accept you for who you are instead of criticizing you for your shortcomings.
- A true friend will love you unconditionally, and they’ll show this through their actions.
- They respect you and vice versa.
- They’re trustworthy and you can trust them with anything without worry.