Most of us have our first Best Friend when we are at Primary School and I have been so lucky to have had some wonderful friends over the years. The friends we make as children and subsequently as teenagers, help to shape the people we become.
Some best friends are all-consuming friends that we will keep forever. Others, will come and go as life can make you drift apart, until finally, as adults, many of us find an extra special friend that we know will be with us for the rest of our lives.
I have been very fortunate in my life with my Best Friends. I am still in touch with most of them in one way or another and I have known my current Best Friend now for more than 12 years and I cannot imagine any scenario that will ever change the friendship that we have.
The odd thing is, we don’t really have very much in common at all. We are polar opposites in so many ways. we have different personalities, different moods. We don’t listen to the same music, we don’t dress in the same style. One of my favourite movies is Sex & The City, yet I don’t think there is anything I could say to persuade her to watch this. She can drink a bottle of gin or red wine and still manage to stay upright. I, on the other hand, can just about manage a couple of glasses of martini before I start to slur my words and have to take myself to bed.
Our husbands are best friends, which is not only how we met but also rather convenient! But the fundamental reason that she is my best friend, is that when we are together, we laugh. We will laugh about the silliest things, real deep down in your belly uncontrollable laughing that leaves you with an achy face and stitch in your tummy!
We have a wonderful connection that pushes aside all our differences and enables us to appreciate everything the other one is thinking & feeling. We share a common ground. I adore her, I see beyond her flaws and she sees beyond mine. We are supremely protective of one another. We can sit, sometimes in silence, but it’s still ok. Other times, we will sit for hours and put the world to rights. We just ‘get’ each other. There is no better medicine, no better comfort than being able to sit with your best friend and smile…