We are moms and we need friends.
However, our friendship needs have changed since children entered our lives. Our circles have become smaller and more intentional. Time is one of our most valuable commodities and we are now purposeful in how we spend it. Essentially, each friend plays a vital role in our life based on the circumstance and season.
Are we weathering a storm that a friend has experience with?
Do we need a light hearted break from our daily routine?
Do we simply need a friend to cheer us forward in our dreams and goals?
We have learned that various friends fill certain roles and we, in turn, return the blessings and favor.
Let’s face it, there are times we need a break from our routine! Both working moms and stay at home moms can use a change of scenery on occasion! Enter in the friend that loves an adventure! One friend might send links to restaurants throughout town and take you on a foodie adventure! Perhaps your friend lives out of town and you are able to adventure through her city in search of a new hike, explore a museum, or grab appetizers at several restaurants. The adventure friends often push us out of our comfort zone into experiences we didn’t know we needed.
The life giver, aka healer, is the one we call in the midst of struggles. They are the friends we can be most vulnerable with. They know our hearts and love us through trials, mistakes, failures. Often, they are our spiritual warriors, life speakers, and our ultimate support system. The life giver/healer is a diamond in our treasure box of friendship.
Our celebrators are our greatest cheerleaders. They are natural encouragers and builders. They inspire us to keep dreaming, keep moving, and to never look back. When something positive happens in our lives and we want someone who will truly celebrate a personal win, our cheerleader is the first person we text.
Lifelong friends can be rare. However, if we are lucky enough to have one, these are the women who have seen us through every season of our lives. We have history together. We simply “get” each other. We’ve laughed together, cried together, experienced every up and down imaginable. Though we may not see each other often, when we do, our relationship bounces back as if no time passed.
Do you have friends in each of these categories? What might you add to this list? What role do you fulfill in your friendships? Share with us! We love to hear from our readers.