Friendship. Simply defined in the dictionary as the state of being friends. But to my mind, a word undefinable full of meaning. A word once uttered draws pictures in your mind of hands held, laughters shared, shoulders cried on and a hundred faces, or perhaps just a single one. A word whose meaning is intertwined with every being whose path we have crossed. They can be your gift or bane, responsibility or whim, stalwart or weakness, kindness or resentment, but above all they are your balanced equation, for your friends and friendships are the heart of you.
In honour of International Friendship Day, here’s some of my simple suggestions of friendship in pictures collected from my travels.
A bond sealed by circumstances of hopeless fate and struggle, or an association bought with fame and wealth.
A companion, or some kind of support.
An alliance of shared hopes and dreams, or a convenient union forged by daily rigour and routine.
The man walking beside you on a long road, or perhaps a short one too.
The man who shares his knowledge with you, and shelter too.
A rapport built on shared passions and trust, even if between strangers.
Or perhaps simply any one who lights your path as you journey through life.
The United Nations celebrates July 30th each year as International Friendship Day.