I am fortunate to have some truly great friends in my life who just get me. I never have to worry about saying the wrong thing or having a joke hang in the air like a deflating cartoon balloon. My sense of humor falls squarely on their ears and is met with an understanding laugh as opposed to the chirping of crickets in an otherwise silent room.
And the same can be said for their comprehension of the range of my emotional scale. I have never been afraid to cry in front of, or with, those same people. To me those tears are not a weakness but a genuine representation of my character and I admire that same quality in those with whom I choose to surround myself. In an ocean as big as this life, it is nice to find another fish from the same school of thought.
There is a great sense of comfort knowing that, when you are with the right people, there is no need to feel guarded. There is no reason to quell words or feelings because you sense they will be out of place. There is no second guessing when it comes to telling it like it is because those people expect and appreciate your honesty and your compassion.
With those same friends, I never feel embarrassed if I am not at my best. They know my good days and my bad days by the timber in my voice and they are just there, with no judgement and no unsolicited advice. There is only concern and a touching way to express that concern. Whether it is a solid embrace, a well-timed “I love you” or a simple touch of a hand to a shoulder, they seem to know the solution before I have had a chance to diagnose the problem.
Those friends, those souls who are so connected to my soul, never make me think twice about being myself. They cushion my fall. They wipe my tears. And they really do take up the biggest part of my heart.