Friendship and People

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What is friendship? Friendship is a word used to describe many different kinds of personal relationships. Many people are just acquaintances, yet they call it a friendship. True friends know the difference. Other people may be friends in school, and then after school they go their own ways. True friends are not just "sometime friends", they are friends to each other at all times. The American Heritage College Dictionary defines friendship as "the quality or condition of being friends". To me there is just so much more than just that. Friendship is not simply a "relationship", or knowing someone, conversing with that person, or dealing with that person in business, school, or in casual acquaintance. True friendship is not just a "relationship", but self-sacrificing love. A friend is also one who cares, supports, sympathizes with, encourages and is a person in whom you can trust no matter what. I have this friend that wanted to take mushrooms for the first time. Though I had never done them and never would, I told him he needed to take it easy for his first time; I heard that they can really hit you hard, but he didn't listen to me; he had no trust or confidence in what I had to say, he figured that since I had not taken them I did not know what I was talking about. Next thing I knew he had taken them all; there were about twelve little mushrooms in that bag and he ate every last one of them. By the night's end he thought he was going to die, he had some severe hallucinations that really messed with his head. Even though he didn't listen to me I stayed with him through the night, I could not leave my friend to suffer that alone. After it was all said and done he came to me and thanked me for being there for him and told me that he has never had a friend stick by his side like that. He also apologized to me for not trusting what I had to say about the drugs and for not being a better friend himself. From that day forward our friendship has grown...
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