I do get by with a little help from my friends. My whole life has been about being a friend or needing a friend or wanting a friend or counting my friends. You know, we are not so good alone. There is so much to living in this world and functioning here while trying to maintain some degree of mental health and even just surviving day to day life, that a friend can be a necessity. Some friends are related and some are people we have met somewhere by accident or incident along the way from birth to today. I have very few close friends, but I have a lot of friends. The kind I count on for "outside my life" contact are everywhere! The local store owners and employees who help me obtain whatever material things or services that I need to be comfortable or safe or well fed. The people who come when I call for service on something around our home. They could come and take advantage of us or they might actually become friends. Many have become friends over the years.
Friends come in all sizes shapes and descriptions. What a blessing that is. I don't have to be the woman who has 2 friends and they all 3 look and act exactly alike. I like when people think like me, because that's comfortable and we seldom disagree. That's very nice. I also like friends who seldom agree, that's how I learn new ideas. It makes me think my own perceptions through and maybe tweak them and maybe not. They challenge me and that's a good thing.
When I am deep into my Sun Deprivation Depression it is my friends who help me out of it, temporarily. I will slide back as soon as I go home to go to bed or they go home to go to their bed. I can't stay out of the dark when it hits me and envelopes me, but I will jump out momentarily when my sister calls me to chat about stuff. I will see the light for the time I am spending with Momma. I'll be happy for a little bit while I have a nice dinner with my best bud. While I am being hugged by my roomy I won't be thinking how miserable I am. It's my friends who keep me out of the black for little windows of sunless sunshine daily. I do get through my SDD with a little help from my friends. I get a big hand up when roomy and I go seek the sun in March! If we can't go, it's a little harder on him and well, everyone around me. (sorry, guys)
And my online friends are always there. Where else can you pour your heart out to someone you may never have seen or heard and get (((hugs))) and <3 and maybe even some wisdom to help you through a difficult time. Oh, for certain, my online friends add a huge and important dimension to my life. Again, I hope in some small way, I add something to theirs.
Oh yeah, I need my friends! I hope they need ME, too.