Good friends are hard to find. No matter what your Facebook friends list might say, we’re blessed with few people in our lives that fit all the criteria of a good friend. My blogger friend, Crazy Train, raised a good point in a recent article.
I heartily agree. In fact, it’s odd to me that the very fact that I am not more angry at a specific someone very close to me for something they did, or rather failed to do, has actually royally pissed off another specific someone in my life. They don’t understand why I “forgive” the one person the slight that person B perceives. There are several reasons for this, but the short version is that I choose my battles. Some things are just not worth being angry over when you never know if the people in your life will be there from one day to the next…
…is your life so rich in friendship that you can afford the loss of a loved one or treasured friend over some small incident or word spoken in haste. If you can honestly say that your relationship with this person is too emotionally costly then possibly it is time to move on.
Okay, enough of the sappy shit. The point of all this is that I happened to mention to my blogger friend my feelings on a certain type of friend.
I call them my Friends In Small Doses.
We all have one or more of these friends. When I describe them, you will know exactly who in your life this may refer to.
-They’re people who are at heart basically good, but they tend to be self-involved.
-They usually like to be the center of attention, and often find ways to draw the attention away from you and back to them.
-They are often sarcastic or unintentionally condescending (I’ve been told I can be condescending at times- unintentionally, I assure you. 😀 ) and have been known to utter an “I told you so” on occasion.
-They tend not to take criticism, even constructive criticism, well.
-They often show up when they need a shoulder to cry on or someone to bitch to, but are unavailable when you may need a ride somewhere or a favor…yet they have redeeming moments when they see you through a traumatic event, or do something completely generous, or you go out with them and have a complete blast, and you remember why you love them.
In my experience, these are people you do want to stay in touch with, but after being around them for a bit, you find that you need to take a step back every once in a while. Sometime for a few days, sometime for a few months.
Friends come in all shapes and sizes, especially in this age of social media (which is raging out of control- but that’s another post entirely.) Just be aware of who you can trust, who you can’t. Who you want to keep in your life and who is toxic. And don’t be afraid to let the ones you love know it.