This weekend has been an exercise in patience and a testament to just how far I’ll go for a friend.

I’ve had a tough time finding sincere, long-term friends. It’s easy enough to have friends out of convenience; people you work with, classmates, neighbors… but sometimes these people slip out of your lives as soon as you stop seeing them regularly. They might have had intentions of maintaining a friendship with you, but let’s face it; there are too many people out there and too much stuff on our plates to go out of our way for someone.

It’s a cold and utilitarian way of thinking but after the weekend I’ve had, I’ve taken the opportunity to reevaluate my tendency to go out of my way for others. Be a friend to have a friend is a relationship of reciprocity, and an imbalanced one is frustrating. Lesson learned.

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