This week I have been shown how incredibly lucky I am to have the friends I have. This week I had the pleasure of being visited by multiple friends. This is far from a common occurrence, especially since we moved two hours away from home.

Thursday, my girlfriend tells me she’s in Allentown and asked if she could stop by on her way home.  Obviously, I said yes! I hadn’t seen her since August. Far too long to go without seeing her. I was so excited to just catch up with someone I had grown up with and someone who shared the values I do. It was so refreshing. I was so thankful to spend time with someone who has been nothing but supportive and wonderful.

Saturday, my two best friends came for the weekend. It was like being a little girl all

The best girls <3

The best girls <3

over again. We shared secrets, did each other’s hair and makeup, helped pick out outfits, etc. I got to curl up on the couch and watch Hocus Pocus. It was so amazing to just laugh and enjoy being with those I love.

Having them here only made me value friendship that much more. No matter how much we grow, we never grow apart. Our lives are all going in crazy directions, we’re moving, continuing school, working on our relationships with our significant others, beginning careers, really becoming the people we are meant to be. Yet, somehow, we remain as close as ever. I have a new appreciation for how close we really are. The support is unconditional. The laughter never seems to end. The bond we share is undeniable.

Moral of this story is to appreciate those friends in your life. Make an effort to be there. 12143070_10205088448274089_4881913080967722021_nSupport one another. Love one another like family, because at the end of the day they are. They are the family we get to choose. They are the ones who will be by our side for a lifetime if we are good to each other. Having close friends to go through life with only makes it that much more enjoyable. My only hope is that I am as good to these girls and they have always been to me and that they know they hold a very special place in my heart.

So reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Make a commitment to see each other and talk to each other more regularly. I promise it will be one of the best decisions you ever make.