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That translates into nearly 5 million adults who are, in effect, friendless. I am fortunate to be able to claim at least four friends, of both genders, who stretch back nearly 40 years, and a number of other more recent clise that are close and durable.
But I have also lost enough to understand that friendships are difficult, and the closer they are the more difficult they become. With friends, if you annoy them frieend much, they can just drop you.
Within this simple fact lies one of the first principles of friendship — tread carefully. Friends are precious, even irreplaceable, but they are also fragile.
Treading carefully is easier said than done. Part of a good friendship is honesty, and sooner or later one is forced to choose friennd being amenable and giving a friend the honesty you think the relationship merits.
Friendships can be rooted in a number of different impulses. Unhealthy elements like need, the desire for borrowed status, and the wish for flattery are as common as the more healthy ones like mutual interests, sense of humour and natural compatibility.
Generalisations along gender lines are always tricky, but — and this is a purely personal observation — I think women sometimes struggle with friendship in the long run as they seem to have an unspoken pact that a friend should always be supportive. Cloxe just invest so much in each other.Ladies Seeking Nsa Lockhart Florida 32810
Men often accept a little grit in the ointment — one can tell a male friend to fuck off without losing his friendship. Female friendships can struggle when the faults in either party begin to surface.
Friends, like marriage c,ose, love each other, but they must also be allowed to hate each other sometimes. I do not know what I am doing right to have kept such good friends for so long, but it is certainly worth pointing out that none of them have got to the present point without negotiating moments of crisis.
In each of my closest friends there have been moments when the friendship has nearly foundered — but we somehow came through them to a relationship that was stronger than it was before the crisis. The nature of friendship changes, and you have to change with it.
Once, hopefully, I fascinated my friends and charmed them.
After 40 years, I am sure I often bore them — and that is inevitable. A Lookong friendship, like a good marriage, ceases after a while to be a mutual entertainment society and becomes instead a sorority or fraternity of battle-scarred veterans.Horny Housewife 46360
We are still here, we still enjoy being around each other, and we treasure our shared histories. Is there a secret to long friendships?
Simply this — an absence of pride. Too many falter on stubbornness or the determination to hold on to offence.
Successful ones rely on humility and the recognition of human fallibility. These are not merely useful attributes. They are the heart and soul of friendship.
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How befriending can benefit both old and young people Stewart Dakers. I used to agree with my older friends about the patronising 'buddy industry'. But then I befriended a young parent and realised what it's all about.