Buddy, homie, pal, Best, mate, dude, riding partner, sidekick, chum, dawg – call them whatever you like but friends have been around probably before the family unit was created. Now with the proliferation of online social media and the growing use of the Internet from all walks of life, friendship has taken on new meanings. After all, virtual friends are not exactly the ones you always hang out with (unless the same friend doubles as real and virtual), but they can be valuable listeners, secret sharers and supporters.
Some people claim that the friendships we nurture online are empty and as abstract as cyberspace. That may be true in most cases, but everything hinges on how much you want to put into the relationship, kind of the same thing in a face to face relationship.
So can we define what a friend is? Here are some interesting ones (thanks to the Urban dictionary):
A real friend is someone who:
a) it's okay to fart in front of. (yes, I know it is disgusting but …)
b) you don't mind talking to on the bus for at least 20 minutes.
c) can borrow $5 and never has to pay it back
d) you'll actually call up do stuff.
A friend is a person who would never intentionally hurt you, lie to you, deceive you, manipulate you, abuse you and who takes great care to be kind to you, honest with you, dependable and loyal.
A friend is someone who doesn't screen your calls. He/She is also someone who tries to stay in touch despite an unfathomable distance between you and him/her. A friend also doesn't approve of horrible role models such as Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.
So how many friends do you have? Who cares! In this case, I firmly believe quality is always before quantity.
Happy Friends Day!