Know Who To Choose To Be Your Friend

Only take advice from someone you are willing to trade places with.

When it feels like the world is falling apart, having a true buddy means knowing that someone has your back. They are the power to be your most genuine, authentic, and true self without fear or trepidation.
They are there when you make a mistake and then try everything they can to correct it.
They are the breakfast with laughing, lunches that last three hours, and supper parties that never end.
When you feel like you’re about to fall, having the appropriate friend is a gift of support. When you need it, and even when you don’t, they are the cheerleader in your corner.

This is dedicated to my best friend, she played a major role in my career, my life, and my personality.
And I am so proud to have her backing me up every time. I am where I am today because of her support.

Who will Say Your Name In a Room Full of Opportunities

Choose people who will say your name in a room full of opportunities.

Have you ever been going down the street and seen a sign that said “We are hiring” and immediately thought of a friend who was looking for work?
Have you ever been at a family gathering and noted that a family member with a business was seeking for someone they could trust to run it, and the first name that sprang to mind was your best friend’s, so you recommended him?

This is the type of person you should be friends with. In life, having contacts is beneficial, but having a good friend who is willing to share their contacts with you is invaluable.

Who Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Choose people who will celebrate your accomplishments.

A typical person’s mother is their biggest supporter.
But having a true friend who will constantly back you and even bet on your success and assist you in achieving your goals is something else entirely.
Choose people who helps you find chances, recognizes your potential, understands how hard you worked, was there for you during your battle, and celebrates your accomplishments with you as if you did it on your own is a true treasure.

Who Will Tell You What You Need To Hear When It’s Hard

Choose people who will tell you what you need to hear when it is hard.

What advise would you give to yourself if you could travel back in time five years? You’re unlikely to accept it, no matter what it is. Because you were certain of what you wanted to do at the moment, and no one could persuade you otherwise.

That’s all right! Because a good friend would not give you advice unless you ask for it, you should ask for it. Even if you failed, they would be there for you. When your ego reaches the stars, they will advise you to return to Earth. They’ll tell you to return your weight to the earth. They’ll tell you to move out of your comfort zone, that failure isn’t a bad thing, and so on. Deal with the situation and move on. They will not instill in you the belief that life is unjust, even if that is what you all want to hear.

It is not what you want to hear when it is hard, it is what you need to hear.

Who You Want To Be The Best Version of Yourself With

Choose people who you want to be the best version of yourself with.

“For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.”
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, On Friendship

Friends are essential components of our life, and we rely on them to survive. Even if that wonderful friend is not around, a piece of them will always remain in your heart. The non-existent and missed component of them could be clearer in their absence, much as the view of the mountain might be clearer from the plain. When you’re alone, you can see the true meaning of friendship, just as you can see the mountains from the ground.

We may eventually all go our own paths and may not see our friends every day; we may even be miles apart or on the other side of the world. But these are the truest times of friendship, as I’ve already indicated. These are the times when you are the most authentic version of yourself with your friend. And you’ll see each other again. When that occurs, you’ll both be proud of what you’ve done throughout your time apart.

Thank you Jeeda, for everything.

Until we meet again…