Friend vs Acquaintance vs Leech (i.e., Fake Friend)
Definitions provided by dictionary.com:
- a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
- a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
- a person known to one, but usually not a close friend.
- the state of being acquainted.
- ( used with a plural verb ) the persons with whom one is acquainted.
- a person who clings to another for personal gain, especially without giving anything in return, and usually with the implication or effect of exhausting the other’s resources; parasite.
Are you aware of those who surround you? Do you strive to be the best type of friend you can be? Do you nurture your relationships with others?
Friendships around me are crumbling which prompts me to sit back and evaluate my relationships with others. It makes me sad to realize that some people don’t realize the wedge(s) they’ve caused over the past year. Quality over quantity — It’s better to surround yourself with a limited number of people who are real friends, rather than be surrounded by numerous people who will use you because they currently don’t have anyone better to leech from.
While I can’t control how others feel and are made to feel by so-called “friends,” I can limit my exposure to the toxicity caused by others.