One thing that a lot of people tend to realize all throughout life, is that they will find out who their real friends are, and which people are merely passing acquaintances. Everyone has their own standards and precepts as to who qualifies as a real friend and who is an acquaintance. Some people take them even a step farther and deem them as being part of a “close circle” or “inner circle” of friends – these are the type that you trust beyond reproach and have come to know them as close as family.
With some people, it’s easy to tell – others……not so much. You also have those you *think* are your friends, but then something goes sideways and you end up getting betrayed in some fashion or another. This hurts quite a bit, and naturally it does, but in the end, you end up learning from such experiences. With me, I have quite a few acquaintances, a number of friends, and then there is that small circle that I consider true friends, or my “inner circle”. I have a pretty esoteric list of qualifications that deem who is all part of that circle – sometimes I’m not even sure that it remains constant from day to day – it’s more of a feeling as to who I really feel is part of that piece of my life.
Sometimes I have come to trust people and be honest with them, only to find out that they are not as open back to me, and they tend to shrug me off or treat me as some sort of cancer that has attached to them, and then they leave. Yeah……..those tend to suck. As the years have gone by, I have started to care less and less what people think of me and how I choose to live my life, but then there are those who I still have to bottle up part of my life around, and that’s pretty much unavoidable. I mean, you can’t have everything be perfect in life, now can we?