‘Sharan you’re wrong’— I don’t tend to hear that phrase very often, probably because I conveniently develop selective hearing whenever someone appears to be on the verge of saying it to me!
If you didn’t know by now, I’m strongly inclined to believe that I’m always right. But of course the reality is that I’m not, I make TONNES of mistakes. But because I act like I know what I’m doing I manage to convince not only myself but almost everyone around me that, that is the case. Almost everyone, except of course my best friends.
I tell them everything that’s going on in my life (as most girls do) and of course they’re always ready to chip in and throw in their two cents. Now sometimes it’s nice when your friends agree with your point of view, when they back you up and have your corner no matter what nonsense you’re spurting, sometimes that’s just what you need, a party of yes-men. But for me personally, when my friends disagree with me it means so much more!
They always have my best interests at heart and so whenever they give me advice that doesn’t necessarily coincide with my own plan of action, I’m more than happy to listen to their opinion and take it on board, because I trust their judgement. At times I’m convinced that they know me better than I know myself! They know that I have a tendency to be stubborn and act/speak before I think and so talking to them helps me to consider the bigger picture from a calmer, more neutral perspective which is something that I forget to do a lot of the time!
I guess you could say that they keep me grounded. They encourage me to consider things that I wouldn’t necessarily think about if left to my own devices. In Godfather terms my besties are like my consiglieres, my trusted advisors, and without them I’d definitely be sleeping with the fishes!
I’m lucky to be able to say that I’ve got an amazing bunch of friends who always have my back but are also ready to set me straight when needs be! They say that ‘birds of a feather flock together’, meaning that the company you keep reflects your own personality. I just hope that they’re as happy about that as I am. 😛