The topic of friends has been brought up several times recently. And there seem to be some differing opinions on what makes a friends and how friends are treated. I can only put out there my own views on the subject.
A friend, to me, is someone I would invite into my home, cook or bake for, and know what it is going on their immediate past and future. I know their family and kids, about their work, and their struggles. They would be included to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, holidays, even Christmas. We talk on a constant basis. They are NOT my Facebook friends. Most other people are acquaintances.
I have more than my share of opinions (on a wide variety of topics) and, as most of my FRIENDS would tell you, have trouble keeping them to myself. I lack a filter. But a friend is someone you feel somewhat save spewing your opinions to, even if you know they won’t agree. I don’t necessarily apologize for my opinions, but I will apologize for how I express them. Which isn’t always the most eloquently.
If you are sharing yourself honestly with your friends, you are bound to piss them off or offend them from time to time. Good friends work through it. They talk about it. Sometimes, being honest with a friend has a price. But your friends are the ones you look to (or should) for honesty. Even when it isn’t what you want to hear.
I was told I need to stop pissing off my friends. I would ask, are you really my friend if I have never pissed you off?