What friendship really is?
Friendship is like rain, for some people it might occur occasionally and for some frequently but only a certain form of it can make the flowers bloom. So that certain form is like a true friend, who will help you grow irrespective of the type you are, you can be a lily, a sunflower or even dandelion, a true friend will make sure you get the right form and amount of nourishment that one requires to thrive.
Friends make the most important discovery where they grow separately without growing apart. It is never about having a conversation daily but rather the strength of the bond you share with them that truly matters. The stronger the bond is, the harder it is affected by miles that separate one from another. A true friend will be that person who you can speak your heart with, without the fear of being judged. They will never shape you into the type they want but rather the type that suits you the best. They will give you selfless advice and know what is wrong with you in a flicker of seconds, without you having to tell them much about the problem. For them, you will be a priority at any hour of the night.
Your friends will never be counted by the number of followers you have on Instagram but the handful of those who you can count on whenever and wherever. So far if a name pops up in your head then that person might be your true friend. According to a recent study, people who are blessed with good/true friends have significantly reduced the risk of developing and increased chance of recovering from severe depression. However, if no one comes to your mind then try being that person. As in life we always are in a search of true friends but nobody wants to become their version of that true friend. If we all resolve to become that person then won’t they be everywhere and the quote “true friends are harder to find” become outdated. Think about it.
Are you worried about keeping your friendship alive in this severe pandemic?
For several peoples among us, friendship is more important for us than any other relation. Loyal friends are the actual asset that a person can have in life; They can share their emotions, grief, and ecstasy with them without concern for time or place. Although, we meet many peoples in our daily routine and some of them became our friends but are they the loyal one or spending time with us for their own sake is one of the things that matter. Real friends do not betray us even if the situations are getting worst. However, the new trend of friendship in social isolation has changed the concepts of mind regarding fellowship. The current pandemic of COVID-19 has altered the way of living for all, millions of individuals have died and a large number of patients are still in fighting for their lives. As this is an infectious disease and spreading more by physical interaction of peoples.
So consider if god forbid one of your friend falls ill because of the coronavirus, are you going to pay a visit to him/her instead of knowing that it can affect you and your family members too? The main potential of this disease is that it spreads very rapidly and we can only stop it from spreading only by implementing “social isolation” not just for our sake but for our loved ones too.
What are the ways to maintain Friendship in social isolation?
Taking care of a friend is a good gesture but diving in a pool of fire does not make any sense. The wise decision is to stay distant from an infected person and start your communication through mobile phones or any other safe means. Through using safer means we can also fulfill the standard goals of friendship in social isolation. Everybody knows that the pandemic condition is going crucial day by day and the only way is to get rid of this crisis as soon as possible is to stay isolated even if you are healthy. Going out to a public place might affect you and now you might argue that I am not prone to it due to strong immunity, then, in that case, you succeed to fight the COVID virus but remember not everyone has the same strong immune system like you, so maybe the elder ones in your family can fall sick because of you. The main reason for social isolation in the current circumstance is to break the spread of coronavirus.
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who are not paying heed to the safety precautions enforced by the government authorities. For such people their inner desires are everything and they do not care about others. Every day, we witness many activities such as friends gathering to eat and play together, they spend time with each other without even wearing face masks. Don't you think that it is also a crime? Intentionally jumping into a pool of fire without realizing the consequences.
Best attributes to satisfy the goals of friendship in social isolation
- Now I know it has become extremely difficult to cope with social isolation and not being able to meet your friends but I promise it will be worth it
- Schedule Zoom calls with your friends twice a week or more to ensure that you are virtually for each other.
- If you have classes then you can have discussions like group study on zoom/skype
- You can download this brilliant app called houseparty to have a face-to-face social interaction to be with friends when you are not physically with them.
- Watch Netflix together with friends
This is what a true friend will always tell you and I hope you will always remember it.