These friend challenges are very difficult for me. I am so grateful for all of my friends (and even those people who are not my friends and just piss me off) because they each teach me something and bring something into my life.
Since week 7 of this was Friend 1 and I called her [A], I'm going to refer to Friend 2 as [B]. She'll know who she is. I've know [B] for right around 6 years, but we didn't really become friends until about 5 years ago. Something that both drew me to [B] and made me a little nervous of her at first was her confidence. A lot of times with confidence, people come across as being stuck up, but not [B]. She is probably the least stuck up person I know. She is the person can get along with anyone she meets and make them feel at ease. She takes things that life throws at her with such grace, or so she makes it seem. She gets stressed out and upset, but she handles it so much better than anyone else I know.
A few weeks ago, life threw us yet another curve ball. I knew that I could talk to her and she would understand. I knew she could help put it in perspective and not just tell me what I wanted to hear. I knew that if it was as bad as I thought, she wouldn't sugar coat it (it wasn't as bad as I thought, which she helped me see, but that's another story) She has so much life experience that I know, even if she hasn't been through exactly what I'm going through, she's had something similar in her life. And she never judges. She looks at a situation with logical eyes and gets through it. I wish I could do that. I freak out first and then become logical, which doesn't ever help a situation.
Something else I love about [B] is that she is who she is. She doesn't play games. She doesn't make you guess. What you see is what you get. There is something so refreshing about that in today's society where everyone feels like they have to be someone they are not. She understands that life is way too busy and chaotic to try to be someone she is not. We may not talk every day, heck, we may go months without talking, but I also know that we can talk anytime and it won't be like starting over. That's what friendship is. It's picking up where you left off like no time has passed. I'm proud to call [B] my friend.