Friends, really good friends, can be family. They can be your chosen family. They can prop you up. They can be your “there”. I’m lucky to have some good friends.
I have friends that are non-judgmental and can try to steer me before I go down the wong path. That’s fantastic. However, admittedly there are times when I am just not going to listen to rhe advice and guidance I receive. No matter how well-meaning the advice is meant to be, I am at times stubborn and bent on going down my own path.
Interestingly enough, one of my dear friends noted this. They understood that no matter how much they tried preemptively, I would still go down certain “iffy” paths. What this friend noted was that they wanted to know what support would I need if I should fall. And, I thought that was a beautiful approach and question. No matter what they would be there for me. And, that was comforting.