Can We Be Friends?

Joanna over at a Cup of Jo recently put the quote that I have below in reference to an article her husband, Alex, wrote for the New York Times on making friends as an adult.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." —C.S. Lewis
Friendship has been on my mind. It's something that is so important to me. It has been since I can remember. I love people. All kinds of people. I especially like sharing with people. I think I've been that way my whole life.

I really started considering friendship after listening to this week's This American Life. It's about Middle Schoolers and what they go through. I finished the end today on a run. One of the last stories is an interview with a middle school aged kid who has just moved and he is so lost and sad. I was laughing and crying over the things Leo said about making friends.

It got me thinking about vulnerability. How risky and dangerous it feels to be vulnerable at any age, but how essential it is for us to feel loved or like we belong. When we expose ourselves no matter what the response is (negative or positive) I think we are that much closer to our infinite power of being.

I'm so grateful for all my friendships and the chance they give me to be a little more vulnerable everyday.

image via: my grandma - me and my cousin davie. one of my first great friends.

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