You’ve Got A Friend In Me

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.”

Animal Friends
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The topic of friendship spans the globe with references throughout Literature, Television, and Music.

And although friends are appreciated, they are not always easy to come by.

Or at least for some people.

The thing is I am in general a pretty friendly guy.

However, though I have had friends, many have come and gone in my life.

Having lasting friendships that endure the test of time is something different and something special and something that now I make a mission to have in my life.

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year…”

We moved to Texas in 1990 and I was a young, shy, and scared little boy.

It seemed to me like all the kids at school knew each other already and no one was really looking to meet someone new.

Not that I would have been very open anyways.

Eventually I made some connections and got along with other kids and made real good friends with a kid who lived across the street from me.

But kids grow up and we grew apart.

Then I had other friends, until the same thing happened.

And again.

Until my friendships were more of the level of acquaintanceships.

We would be cordial in the time spent together, but there were not always lasting bonds.

“Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant”

There were also times when the people I thought were my friends ditched me or let me down.

Part of growing up is figuring out who to trust, who not to, and what to do about it.

Then came a time in my life that I would like to forget.

The people I thought were my friends turned out to be nothing but bad influences.

Fortunately, that is the past, and nowadays I am more able to make friends and connect with others.

I have also found that as I age, the things that are important to me have changed and that changes how I approach friendships.

More meaningful connections have been forged and more fun has been had!

“You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you’re miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you’ve got a friend in me
Yeah, you’ve got a friend in me”

Also along the way, I have found that not only can people be my friends, but also I have found similar companionship in my pets.

My Pack: Duke and Tex
This Man’s Best Friends - Duke and Tex
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This fun filled group is fully of life and have given me so much joy.

Lastly and most of all, I would be remiss not to mention that my most amazing friendship is with my wife Sarah!

The Fam
Image SourceOur 8+ years of marriage has certainly had its ups and downs and challenges that happen when two people share everything, but nothing could be more worth it!

So whether you live near me or not, whether you are facing times in life that are hard or things are going well for you or anything in between, know this, that although we might not know each other very well, or maybe even at all, we could. And if you need someone to talk to just know that you’ve got a friend in me.

Stay interesting. Stay Strange.


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