Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Lifelong Friends

The girls above are part of my core group of friends. Lifelong friends. Some I have known for about 2 decades, some I have known for slightly less. The guys may have come and gone {and of course some have stayed longer than others ;p} but the girls never change :)

Over the years, we have gone on to do our own stuff. Be it to go overseas for studies, move on to different working industries, settle down and have kids etc... Our lifestyles may have differed from one another, but the bond that ties us all together is still there.

These are the girls where I may not get to see for a whole year, but know that they have my back at a call. These are also the same girls that I may not chat with every day, but when we do meet up, it feels like time never passed by because the closeness is still there.

Last weekend we met up to have our annual Christmas/year-end gathering. I'm glad that even though we are still in our late twenties, we still can enjoy each other's company, dress up to a theme party {it was "High School" this year} and still have silly fun. We don't need no fancy china or expensive linen, just a picnic on newspapers is still fine by us ;p

I am thankful for these lifelong friends, who have certainly seen me through many of my life's milestones... School graduations, heartbreaks, finding new jobs, weddings, having a kid etc. No man is an island, and just as family is important, friends are invaluable for support and encouragement too. But, I believe in having quality friends.. and it's not about the quantity of friends you have.

As with many others now that the year is ending, I've been thinking about my blogging goals for next year. I'd share more next week, but one goal I'd like to have is to gain more quality friends for Sakura Haruka, for me in this blogosphere. You know, people who actually care about what I'm writing, and have meaningful conversations with me. Friends who visit, not just because I visited their blogs, but because they want to know how I'm doing too... As with all friendships, I understand these take time & effort to grow... but I'm extending my hand out, and I hope you will too :)

And hopefully, maybe.. we can all find some lifelong friends here. Now, wouldn't that some kind of wonderful?

Thankful Thursdays with Kate. What do you think about finding friends online? Any goals for your blog in 2012?


Big Tavel Adventure said...

First of all what a lovely post. You made me thinking acctually are virtual friends really friends although we share lots of things daily. I have made quite a few "friends" trough a lovely City Daily Photo that Imhave been a part of for years and I even spoke with one or two over phone and private emails, FB also helps.
It's amazing how much I learned about people around the world and their customs.
It made my life richer, people from Australia, America, Japan, France... became close to my heart because we managed to share the best of our lifes.
Best to you and wish you meet many lovely people along the way.

Unknown said...

This is a wonderful post about the true meaning of friendship. I also have friends from my school days and I really treasure them. Take care and have a wonderful Thursday Ai!

Kate said...

Such a beautiful post <3

Friends truly are that family we choose aren't they? My BFF lives an hour and a half away but when we get together no matter how long it's been we just pick up where we left off. Love it.

SportyMummy said...

What a great post! Making connections and friendships has been an unexpected, but wonderful part of blogging for me! IT's been lovely to meet you!

Unknown said...

Fabulous post! I moved away from where I grew up so I don't get to stay in as close contact with friends as I would like, but I love getting together with them when I make it home for the summer!

Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful glimpse into your world and your friendships!

Unknown said...

You are so lucky to have such a large, solid group of friends. Truly blessed

Anonymous said...

I have a few close girlfriends like that, but we see each other less than once a year :( I miss them :( But it's like you say, when we do meet up, it's like we haven't been apart for long at all, we're all so comfortable with each other. It is truly wonderful to have great friendships isn't it?

Kellie said...

I have a big smile on my face reading this. You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in your life - and to have had them so long.
Making new friends has been the real highlight of blogging. xx

Unknown said...

Friendship is the best gift of all!

Unknown said...

I LOVE your post! You are fortunate to be able to gather with them sometimes. Since we moved to Japan I have not seen many of my old friends for a long time. Even though I miss them, they are FOREVER friends along with new ones I have made on my travels! xoxoxo

Unknown said...

What a great thing to be thankful for! Friends are the best! I don't have many lifelong friends but I have a couple. I know they will be there if I ever need anything even if we don't see each other or talk often. It's very comforting. I always look for a few quality friends rather than many aquaintences.

I am visiting from Thirsty Thursday.

Susan said...

I'm with you on this one.I just started my blog this year and am surprised to know that there are so many blogging moms in Singapore too. Like you, I've been very grateful for the friends I've made online and also via my blog and hope that these friendship extends beyond the virtual world. I for one, truly enjoy reading your posts, so keep writing :)

Ai Sakura said...

Thanks for being part of the joys in my blogging journey. Hope to see all of you more often next year too :)