This post is dedicated to my friends...I guess everyone has different groups of friends, friends you party with, friends you hang and relax with, even online friends. I am no different I have seem to split my friends into many diverse groups. I have always been a bit of a loner, I like my own company, I am happiest at home by myself. Its a chore to go out and be social and I happen to be very shy. That being said, I wouldn't want to do without any of these groups, they are all special to me and all do their little bit to keep me sane and make life worth living, including making me get out and interact with the world. Most of these groups consist of women...but I do have men friends too. These are my groups:
Online friends - This group can be divided into two groups. Facebook Friends - people from past and present. Old school friends, old family friends, people you have met on your life's journey and who have made a difference in your life no matter how large or small, and finally people you hardly know but who you are nosy about.
Twitter friends - I find this one to be made up of people who share similar interests and senses of humour. People you have never met, but have formed a bond with, even though you are unlikely to ever meet most of them in real life. They are fun to chat with, good to vent to, and can even help you through some rough situations just by being an impartial observer and shoulder to cry on. Some of these you will end up meeting, some will become long term friends, some will drift off after a while. A select few can even become rather special to your every day life.
WW ladies - This is a group of ladies I became friends with accidentally. I started Weight Watchers before my 40th Birthday to lose some weight. Slowly a group of us who were attending meetings every week became friends and started chatting. Now we meet once a week for breakfast, coffee and a chat. We help motivate each other to stick with the weight loss and discuss any topic there is.
SA ladies - My home girls. I met this group after moving to Canada, a group of ladies from South Africa, a group who just gets me, get where I'm from, knows how I grew up, doesn't think I talk funny or laugh when I call a family room a lounge, or pronounce words with my accent. We share a history, we share a common background and a common struggle to adapt and settle in a new country with a culture we were not familiar with. We do dinner, we text, we chat, we email, we meet up sometimes for lunch. When I broke my leg and was laid up unable to move, these are the girls who fed my family and came around and helped me hop around the house - although I did notice none of them offered to clean for me ;)
Family - They say you can't choose your family and its true, however I really can't complain. For the little family that we have over here in Canada, we do very well. I have sister-in-laws and brothers who are both family and friends. I have cousins, their spouses/partners and even their grown up kids who have adopted us into their family. The thing with family is that although they can drive you crazy, you love them, you do whatever is needed for them and they do the same for you. You let them live with you if necessary and sometimes it can surprise you how well you can get along ;) You know you have a group of people who you can call on, even if you know that it may cause them to grumble, they will do what you ask, and move on, you are family, you will drop everything and help.
Men - Yes Men, lets face it Men deserve their own category. They are a species unto their own. I obviously have men friends in my online friends that consist of guys I went to school with, guys I used to dive with, guys I used to drink with and through Twitter even guys I have never met, but share similar interests. The thing here is, I used to have lots of actual men friends. Growing up in a house of three older brothers I was always one of the guys. I would drink with the guys, I would hang around with them. My brothers friends never complained about taking me places, (it became less of a chore to take the friends sister out once she got boobs!) and even when I started dating DH, I was friends with his friends, if he was not around I would still hang out and drink with his friends. Since I have moved to Canada, I don't have a lot of men friends. Its weird for the 1st time in my life I am lacking the male friendship interaction. I have friends husbands, I have my brothers and cousins, I have my online friends and mostly and importantly I have my best friend who I have had as a constant since I was 16, yes that's right, mark it in your calendar, I'm going to be nice...I have DH.