Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How to be a real and true friend

 


As the new year approaches, I am reminded of how I've had to deal with some serious emotional issues this past year. I've learned to manage my bipolar disorder with the help of my support system which includes my therapist, my peer mentor, my family and my friends. Some of you may be dealing with some depression, a loss, a divorce or may have an empty feeling like something is missing in your life. Then I would say, find yourself a strong support system.

I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my closest friends. They have supported me this past year with the emotional rollercoaster that I am each and every day. We spend a lot of time together just talking about our issues and being a helping hand to one another.

Things we spend time doing together:

1. Drinking coffee at McDonalds or Starbucks
2. Going to church together
3. Going to happy hour together
4. Talking on the phone for hours together
5. Online dating and talking about it with each other
6. Meeting for lunch at a nice restaurant
7. Bar hopping together
8. Spending holidays with each other and celebrating each other's birthdays
9. Writing a journal and telling each other about it
10. Blogging and supporting each other at local events
11. Going to the gym together
12. Babysitting or doing favors for one another
13. Spending money on your friend when they are low on cash
14. Attending family parties together

I can honestly say that I spend a lot of time with my friends. We all have our struggles that we are dealing with and each one of us brings a different perspective to the table. Some of the struggles we share can include the feeling of emptiness in our lives and that is why it's so important to stick together through these tough times. Sometimes we can be each other's therapist. Some of the ways we have coped with our struggles is by making sure we are getting enough sleep, going to the gym, eating right and managing our money well. I would say that these are some of the goals we all share in common. It takes a lot of patience, trustworthiness and mutual respect to be a good friend. You have to be able to learn from one another and accept each other's mistakes. I hope I have been a good friend this past year and hope to be able to continue to be there for my friends in the future.

1 comment:

  1. My bad..Look it here... It is I Diana. Ur the best of friends I could ask for. Keep up good work. Church Sunday my friend?

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