A True Friend

A photo of two women sitting on a bench facing the water. One woman is wearing a blue headscarf with flowers, the other a golden-yellow headscarf.
Photo by Mihai Surdu.

“A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to — letting a person be what [they] really [are].”
— Jim Morrison (edited for gender neutrality)

A few thoughts/questions/reactions:

On the whole, yes. Agreed.

What if you think a friend is avoiding a feeling or not being who they really are? What do you do then? Is it your job (or even in your capabilities) to push them to face their reality?

What is the relationship between what we feel and who we are? Is a part of our identity wrapped up in how we respond emotionally to things?

Can you hold space for a feeling without being "okay" with it?

Who do I do this for easily? Are they my closest friends, or are they just people I have similar reactions to?

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