A friendship litmus test

Image: Anna Vander Stel

A friend of mine mentioned something the other day that stuck like a shuriken in my mind. He said, “I’m not the kind of friend who’ll come to your birthday party. I’m the kind of friend who’ll bail you out of jail.”

This got me thinking about what friendship really means. We could all use a friend or two like this, right? Not only that, but think about what friendship would mean to you if you held yourself to this standard. What if you held the belief that, the kind of friends you’re looking for are the kinds you’d bail out of jail, AND who’d reciprocate the favor?

What if this was the litmus test?

I mean — It’d be cool if you came to my birthday party too, but…

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