​The Importance Of Friendship

​The Importance Of Friendship

A tribute to those who have been and will forever be.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what makes a friendship one worth being in. I’ve been curious to know what is that common denominator of all friendships that can truly make one worth it. After too many hours of over-thinking and nearly having an existential crisis over the matter, I believe I have managed to define the importance of friendship as I see it.

To me, a friendship is more than just a relationship you have in your life; it’s a core part of who you are. There is a saying here in Puerto Rico that says “Dime con quién andas, y te dire quién eres.” This essentially translates to “Tell me who you are with, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Though, somewhat controversial with the younger generations, I believe this is very evident. Depending on who you are with, your behavior changes. You are not the same person with you are friends as you are with your parents, by nature’s default. Who you hang out with determines your behavior, whether we like to admit it or not. Not only that, but the people around you shape you into the person you will later become, which is why friends are key.

Friends are like waves, they come and go, but it is important to remember that, just like a wave, they always leave a little trace of them behind. I cannot say that I haven’t lost once really close friends, but it is because of those friends that I have learned and grown into the person that I am now. I can also say that I have made some incredible friends that to this day are still in my life. These are the people I consider my best friends.

A best friend is someone that is there to celebrate your successes and help you back up in your downfalls. A best friend is that person you can’t wait to share news with. A best friend is that person you can call in the middle of the night because you’re having a panic attack. A best friend is that person you know you can count on for anything and everything. They are your go-to, your partner-in-crime, your family.

But most importantly, a best friend is something sacred, because that love that you share is not because of blood, it’s because you chose to be in each other’s life and to be there for each other, no matter the circumstances.

To those who were and forever will be, thank you for being a part of my life. Know that I love you and cherish every second we’ve spent together and the ones that are yet to come.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.


the loving granddaughters

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