Treat Your Friends The Way You Would Like To Be Treated, Age Doesn't Matter

Treat Your Friends The Way You Would Like To Be Treated, Age Doesn't Matter

Treat everyone you meet with the same respect and kindness that you hope to gain in your own life and you might just find someone who will make you even happier.

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As the years have passed our personalities, morals, and conversations with one another about life have definitely changed but the way we treat others should only evolve in a positive way. This is something I've found that most of us have problems with as we develop differences in our personalities and character which conflict with the way that we treat others. Our parents build solid foundations for us and watch over the way we treat our friends and how we describe the issues or positive aspects of those relationships with them. In my personal experiences, I've lost a number of friends yet gained such value and respect from others that have entered my life based on speaking upon my past with old friends. As we have difficult situations that make it difficult to trust and let people into our lives, we are able to connect on a deeper level with people and share our own experiences as well as forming our own bonds. I could remember a day that I met one of my best friends in first grade, right before I switched schools and she cried when I left. That was the day I realized that a friend is much more than a person to play at recess with, she actually cared about me even in first grade.

The progression of time was occurring and I went from first to second to third to fourth, and before I knew it my personality was changing as sixth grade approached. People were becoming more opinionated as well as I and decided to form negative portrayals of others based on looks which were unsettling. These actions translated into the ways that we would treat one another based on the way we looked, acted, or who we were friends with. Many would cling to someone who had a stronger personality as they would treat them poorly, but they just wanted a friend. Why couldn't we just treat another as we did in first grade, with compassion and care disregarding looks or any differences in personality? We all care about one another in some shape or form, so the difficulty comes with why we stopped doing this at some point.

In college now, I see loopholes in many relationships including those of mine that I have formed within these four years. Why do we still have issues at the age of 20 and up? We all still have these difficulties in our relationships due to the way that we treat others with such disrespect and lack of empathy. In this generation, we have trouble opening up because we are consumed with so much fear of what will come from it and what others may think of us as a result of our differences. It's crucial that we respect one another and encourage our friends to open up in confirming that we will be there for them. The more that we form these deep, positive relationships, we will be able to have stronger and healthier bonds with one another.

So, treat everyone you meet with the same respect and kindness that you hope to gain in your own life and you might just find someone who will make you even happier. Best friends are difficult to find, but the more you seek the qualities in others that you desire within yourself, you may just find the absolute best people. Strive to do the best, and be the person for someone else that you want in your own life.

"Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace." - Christie Brinkley

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.
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“It’s so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it but suddenly there right in front of you is everything you ever need.”

-Unknown

Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You’ve taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and more importantly adventurous.

You don’t realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn’t see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can’t see my life without you in it. It’s funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn’t know existed.

I don’t even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn’t have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the ying to my yang, and I don’t care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I’ve learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It’s as if I wished up a best friend, and poof—you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn’t trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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To The People I Could Never Live Without

You always did your very best to support me and loved me every step of the way.

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Mom, over the years we have grown and developed our relationship beyond what we thought it would ever be. You know I have always been an independent soul, ready to go off on my own from a young age without a single care in the world. As you also know, I am very stubborn and want to do things my own way. Always have, probably always will.

I wanted to thank you for taking such care of me for as long as you did. Knowing you were on your own for the most part, well until Derrick came along. You always did your very best to support me and loved me every step of the way. I still remember you calling me pudding pop for as long as I can remember. I never knew where it came from, but I loved hearing it. Growing up and going through puberty caused a lot of fights for us. You were trying to teach me and make me understand the mistakes I was so hellbent on making for myself. I want you to know that I have always loved you and always will.

Derrick, I honestly can't remember a time when you weren't in my life. You have always been there to support me and cheer me on. You'd pull my baby teeth out when I was too scared to do it myself. You would trick me into thinking I was late for school on Saturday. You watch scary movies with me because I won't watch them alone. We have so many TV series that we've started and abandoned, waiting to be picked back up again.

I want to thank you for treating me like your own, even though I'm not related to you by blood. You have always made me feel loved and cherished and never made me feel out of place. I know I can count on you to be there for me when I need you to be, no matter what. We may not be blood, but you are and forever will be my family.

Dalton, do you know what the first memory I remember with you? Mom was picking me up from daycare after she had gone to the doctors to find out if you were a boy or a girl. I remember that mom and I guessed girl, but Derrick said you were going to be a boy. Mom and I were wrong, obviously, but I remember being happy that we found something else out about you. Even though I was complaining that Derrick was right, I was so excited that we were one step closer to meeting you.

You have been my partner in crime. You watch musicals with me and sing at the top of your lungs when I feel like having a concert in the kitchen. You get involved in everything that interests me as a way to stay close to me. I love you more than life itself. I will forever be there for you for help and advice so don't hesitate to call. If you ever find yourself doubting my affection for you, just remember the time when I almost fought that fake intruder in my towel, fully prepared to fight naked if someone broke in.

I love you all so very much!

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