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"One of the best things about friendship is that age doesn't matter."
I was inspired to write this because of this four-year old kid. Her name is Jaira. She's my neighbor, and she comes to our house every day to play with my 10-year-old little sister and my cousin who currently lives with us. Unlike other kids here, I'm very fond of her because she's very smart and talkative, but she doesn't play with the things around that is not appropriate for playing. I hate kids who doesn't know the value of self-discipline and are very naughty when their parents are not around, so I seldom allow kids to go inside the house. And I don't allow my sister to play with them either. But Jai is different, at a young age, she is well-disciplined and knows how to behave herself even without her mom's supervision. And she's not a crybaby too! My brother often tease her, but she doesn't cry easily. So I often invite her to come and play with my little sister and I even feed her with the foods I cook, it's just that, she refuse most of the time.
Last night, she came to our house again but my brother who is very fond of teasing and bullying others made fun of Jai and kept on teasing her until she cried so much. We even thought that she's probably not coming here today because of what happened last night. But we're surprised when she came today with a piece of paper on her hand, saying: “Hey, I drew us together because you're my friends and I want to give this to you so that if my family moves to a different house again, you will still remember me, and we can still be friends forever.”
She's so sweet. I didn't expect her to consider me as her friend too because I'm 21 years older than her. But when I think about it, age doesn't matter when it comes to friendship actually.
I'm sure that most of us have friends. How do you look for friends? Do you only consider your peers are your friends? Other says that they don't want to be friends with people who are older than them because they may not be able to understand each other since older people are sometimes kill joy. And they don't want to be friends with someone who way younger than them because younger people tend to be childish. Or are you someone who doesn't care about age and make friends with almost anyone?
Quality over quantity. What is meant by this? Some people want to get a lot of friends. They love meeting people, being in a big group and having lots of friends. But today's world is unfriendly. I've observed some people who gave a lot of friends because he/she is well-off, but when something bad or a misfortune happens, those so-called friends disappears and only few remains. It is usually hard to find a true friend. Having a few but real friends would be better than having a lot but untrue. As the saying goes: 'Friends in need are friends indeed!” Strive to gain real friends that will always be there when you need them.
Be a true friend yourself. If you want to gain true friends who are loyal and trusts you as well You should try to be one yourself. Give what you want to take.
Choose your friends wisely. A bible passage says 'Bad associations destroys good habits', this shows how vital it is to carefully choose our close friends. Friends are usually the people who we often talk and communicate with. And people are like sponge who can easily absorb what's in the environment. If we always associate ourselves with people (or friends) with bad attitude and qualities. There's a tendency that we may imitate them and our good qualities will be lost. And we don't want that to happen of course.
Don’t look for friends only among people of your own age or background. Like what I already mentioned earlier, some tends to get friendly only around their peers — people with the same age as them. But it would also be good to have friends from various age because you'll learn so much from them. I have friends who are even 10 to 20 years older than me, but we get along very well. I learn a lot of lessons that are valuable in life because of them. I also love to hear about their experiences when they are younger. And yet, I also have friends who we're way younger than me, I have some friends who are still in high school and I also enjoy being in their company.
Be realistic. We can't expect someone to be perfect in today's world. 'Nobody is perfect' as the saying goes. So when we have close friendship with people, don't expect perfection from them, instead, we should work hard to keep the bonds alive. If our friend made a mistake, we should forgive them. And if needed, we may also give them advice and counsel which may be beneficial to them. Always remember that whenever we give advice, we should do it in a loving way. And if we are the o e who made a mistake and our friend forgave us, we should do our best not to repeat the same offense again in the future.
Focus on the positive qualities of our friends. As what I already mention earlier, no one's perfect. Our friends may have a negative as well, but to have a lasting friendship, we should not focus and always point out their flaws, focus on the positive instead, and they will surely do the same for us as well.
A true friend will always help us to become a better individual. Think about this, does your friend help you to bring the best in you and helps you to be a better person? If not, then it may be time for you to think about your friendship over again.
"A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother that is born for times of distress." This is my most favorite quote about friendship and I'm happy to have few but real friends. I'm also happy that I found few good friends in this platform, you know who you are, I will not mention names as I'm afraid to overlook some. But I want to thank you all for being my friends and for always showing support 💕