By Megan Wordsworth, Guest Blogger
Friendship is a valuable gift. Most of my life, I attended a small school, and when I say small, I mean that I knew everyone I graduated with since kindergarten. I never really knew what it was like to find friendships that were not forced. I could not wait to graduate, move on to college, and form countless friendships through sororities, clubs, and all of the other typical college offerings. I pictured my life surrounded by friends.
Well, this picture I had in my head is not how things turned out. I tried various clubs and other activities, and never really connected with anybody like I had expected. In fact, I do not think I made any long-lasting friendships my freshman year of college. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I just didn’t fit in with the average college student. I knew coming into college that partying was not and is still not my thing. My main goal was to get my degree and move on to a career.
Now, as I get ready to enter my junior year I finally understand true friendship. I met my best friend in the darkest of circumstances, but we conquered so much together. I have a few other close friends, but none were formed at parties or by joining a sorority, or anything else that I had expected. My biggest misconception was probably the number of friends I thought I “should have.”
Thankfully, I understand now that it is not about how many friends you have, but the quality of friends that you have. I now have a handful of very close friends, and I know that I can call them whenever I need anything, and they will always be there for me.
Today’s day and age is all about how many friends you have on Facebook, how many likes you can get on Instagram, and so on. How many of those likes and followers can you call in your darkest days? I’m not saying that you should de-friend everyone, but I am saying that the number of “friends” is not nearly as important as the quality. True friendship can withstand the trials and tribulations of distance, heartaches, sickness, but also enjoy the times with health, closeness, and joy.
One of the best quotes I found on friendship is by an Anonymous writer who wrote, “You don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.”
Let’s chat! Where did you meet your best friends? At what moment did you realize that they were your true friends? Share with us here!
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.