Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Friendship in our lives
I believe that even if a person has all the basic prerequisites of company in life such as a family, it is imperative that he has a friend. Even though we DO have to be open with our family, our parents if not brothers and sisters, there are things that we are not so comfortable in confiding with our family. In these instances, a friend is the perfect outlet for you to let go of your true feelings and still feel secure. Mind you, i'm talking about a trusted friend here. There are also things which only a friend can be expected to do or say in a situation, especially in the case of single children or children who are at loggerheads with their siblings, that a parent cannot and most probably should not say. For example, a person flunks in an exam and has to rewrite it. His parents express their disappointment in his performance and may even punish the child depending on his degree of performance. The child does need this, in a way, but this alone is not enough because he/she needs a person that he/she might feel encouraged by to perform well. A parent, most probably would not do this with fear of "losing face", but a friend can be the moral support during those times.