Valentineship

So who said Valentine’s day is only about the other half? If that was the case then most of us would be roaming clueless for the rest of the year.
So today I think about the people around us who give us a reason to celebrate this ‘International Love Day’ all year through.
The Real heroes of the Show!
Friends, friends, and friends ….!
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A word that is grossly underestimated and slightly overly used.

 Without adding too much to the introduction, I would like to present to you the the kind of friendships that I have personally come across in my
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life that go beyond gender equations, romantic illusions and unnatural expectations.

And I am certain that you all will be able to draw parallels to your own lives, from it, in some way or the other.

(I have categorized them not cause I believe they can be put under ‘A’ specific column but it’s just easier to share.
Of course they are all entwined together and over lap each other, playing their unique roles in different phases of our lives)

 

The OLD TIMERS
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Oh they are the ones that you know forever.
The ones who have literally seen you in your nappies and climbed trees with you .e
They may lose touch with you over the years but they will never lose heart.

They know your family, your school embarrassments or your college goof ups.
They go beyond FB and Insta. They are your hooks when the world gives up on you.
Cause they still believe in who you were, before the world told you how you needed to be.

They gently remind you of those larger than life, youthful dreams, which you seem to have forgotten. They still bring a smile on your face long after the moment has faded away.

The SUPPORTERS

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They are by far the ones who stand with you through thick and thin.
They are the ones you can call up at 2 am (well that depends on who’s on their bed) but you get the gist.
They will buzz to check up on you often if needed or meet you for  a coffee, even if they are drop tired.
If long distance, they will send you regular messages, making sure you know they are around.
They are the ones who believe in your far reached goals, even more than you do and would root your cause when the time comes.
They are also your relationship pegs…when partners, things, careers, other pals around you let you down, they restore your faith that some bonds are made to last and don’t change with time or whim.
The SECRET KEEPERS
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These buds are the ones who keep your darkest secrets and don’t judge your indiscretions. Keep them close to you, cause they know too much. And of wwagawgtfcourse because they accept you the way you are..bag, baggage and all!
The FLATTERERS
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I adore this strange group I call friends; they may not be there on a 24 hr basis and that’s quite alright. But they will think the world of you. They will tell you that your lipstick is a lovely colour even if its smudged all over your face and praise your singing skills even if you croak.
Though some may argue that false flattery must be avoided, I think this group is very important for your self esteem. It is always nice to have some fans….even if it seems superficial; so long as it brings a smile to your face, what the hell!!!
Drink in the compliments….
The PARTY GOERS
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No, they may not end up being your besties forever but they are a social life saver.
These buddies are your de-stressers on a serious day and that missing fun element in your routine. They make plans to hang out, chill and groove.
They are what makes your FB page look glam and your life appear more exciting than it really is.
Their names may change with time but the memories you make with them, the crazy and outrageous escapades you have together… are stories you will be telling your grand kids someday.
They bring in a refreshing transformation even if temporary and come with their own formula of positivism.
 
The WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS
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These pals are you silent hearts. Their contribution can seldom be measured, for they do it without any condition or fuss. They are happy to stay in the back ground, whilst you learn and grow. But when you look back on your life and think of the ones who genuinely stood by you when the chips were down, who gave you that extra love without you even asking for it, who made you fly when you couldn’t even see the sky…it’s them!
They are the tiny gifts around us whom we forget to give enough credit to, amidst our busy lives.

 

 

The CRITIQUES

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Aha! My least liked group, these energy drainers are the ones who only poke on your faults; they have nothing much to say that adds value and will make you feel like a loser, if you let them.
Personally I delete them immediately if they over stay their welcome.
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I wouldn’t even count them as friends if I didn’t see the silver lining.
Which is-They make you adamant to prove them wrong!
Their constant negativity makes you look at the brighter side and be grateful that you are nothing like them.
The SEASONALS
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 These are the beings who have literally fallen from the sky at the right place and the right time, into your lap! You two, really vibe on a different level and then mostly without warning one or both of you simply drift away.
But not before you fulfill some kind of purpose with each other- either a priceless lesson to be learnt or enriching one other with some timely advice, joy or hope.
These connections are not always meant to last a life time but ultimately they Fit into the grand scheme of things.
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The fact of the matter is that Valentine bunnies may come and go but good friends make the ride easier, happier and more meaningful.
Now….Don’t you think it’s time, you tell them that?

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It’s not uncommon for us singletons to go on dates and return wondering if it were just a dream or in some cases a nightmare.

‘So there we are…back to square one. Another one bites the dust!’

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A Line I find myself telling my girlies very often on a night out, over Lemon Iced teas and jalapeno poppers.
By the way a rocking combination!
‘So what happened?’ Someone croaks.
I don’t recall who, I think my second in line bestie then.
Rewind to 2014,Managing editor, semi famous publishing house, broad shoulders, gym pressed arms and charming smile.
“Oh you are the earth and heaven all into one,” he flashes his Colgate whitened teeth at me.
I am smitten. What a clever line. Date one!
For that he deserves to be bought, a latte and a red velvet slice which is enticing us through the glass shelf at the coffee place we meet.
 (Thankfully the new generation live and love on emoticons,pings and pokes and are spared of corny,cheesy lines)
Back to intellectual biceps, date number 2 has a misplaced wallet as the curtain raiser.
Not mine, his.
“Sorry babe, seems like it got snatched on the way.”
Widened eyes I ask frantically, “You got robbed?”
“Naah I gave it to a beggar,” he brushes it off oh so casually.
My heart warms instantly at his over zealous generosity.
It was all going so well and I really didn’t mind spending on a fancy meal, after all who says Men have to pay for every date?(Uh ….they do??)
 I even offer to drop him home; his car is at the ‘mechanics.’
Date 3 : Wallet seemed to be replaced by new one, but the cards chewed by Ceazer.
‘Naught pup always after my stuff!’ I am told.
Cute story, my heart glows even more than it did with the last prince and pauper tale.
I swing my Gold Card at the patient steward at the Italian bistro.
He has a smirk on his face, I wonder why?
Hmmmm!
Date 4 : Washed the dishes, well not literally. Had to place emergency call to distant cousin to bail us out of cashless situation at a five course fine dining restro.
Date 5: Wazzat?
Instead, let hair down with the girl gang and resorted to some good old male bashing!
And there is tons more in this diary.
Keep up……
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