A good friend?
I have often heard people boast of how their friends have had their backs for most parts of their lives and how friendship has been an integral part of their lives. Believe you me, in today's world, there is a dearth of good friends and nobody is actually your friend unless you satisfy a particular need of him or her. As soon as the need is fulfilled, the friend will abandon your company and scrounge for another materialistic friendship. I have always been a person with old school mentality in almost all the things in life. I have had very few friends from the very start of my school life since I thought the concept of friendship was a pure, selfless and compassionate dynamic between two people who do not care what the world thinks of them but pays close attention to what they think of each other. It is supposed to be an equation devoid of malicious intent and malignant nature. It should be able to survive the times when there is a slight conflict or a major trouble.
But nowadays, friendships are based on flimsy pretext and people are not emotionally bonded to each other. Rather there is envy, wrath, jealousy and umpteen negative thoughts and view points behind any good friendship that you see. A friend is only a friend till he or she benefits out of that friendship. Nobody shares anything which might take you on the road to top but will definitely pull you down like crabs do in a sea.
I had a friend, very near and dear to me. I used to help her always in times of need and crisis. Sometimes, I even went out of the way to help her out but eventually I realised, the friendship became toxic because it was only I who was helping and not she. She used to take undue advantage of my naive nature. And I was a feather headed nincompoop who did not understand the rules and laws which governed an evil head. There was a major incident in which I realised, I shouldn't be a push over anymore, the age old sayings of being kind to everyone do not exist in our world. Modern problems require modern solutions. Hence, I transformed into a sensible person and matured as I aged.
Today, I write this article to save other people who are good and think that other people shall be good too. They are not. People are bad. If you have a handful of people, who stand by you through thick and thin, hold on to them and never let them go because the world has become a bitter place altogether.