Who are your "real friends"?

A true best friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~Anon
I know two kinds of friends: the shadows, and the real ones. To which group do you belong?

Some friends are like shadows. They can get close to you (especially when you don't need them to) while you walk in sunshine and you won't see them the moment you step into darkness. They stick around in good times but quickly walk away in bad.

Some even have temporary amnesia. Memory problems. They tend to forget a lot about you if they choose to and remember a few when they need to.

"A friend in need is a friend to be avoided," so they say.

A few friends are real. Don't lose them. You can easily find them beside you, sharing the weight of your burden, or simply walking with you. They'are like rare diamonds in the dust. They're always around —in good times and the bad. Of course, your idiosyncrasies clash at times, but in the end your love towards each other still prevails. You'd eat conflicts for lunch. As Oscar Wilde noted, "True friends stab you in the front." And you would.

Real friendship isn't a big thing —it's a million little things. Things that can make you cry, or laugh, or feel silly about. Whatever we do to show love, and accountability, and genuine care —those are the marks of real friendships. To love and be loved back. And then.

Shadows simply don't love back. So, we better be real.

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