I wrote this small essay while studying 11 class. I was learning English during that time. I was asked to write an essay on “How to choose friends?” The essay may be incomplete. I just don’t want to throw it away. Who knows if it may be found useful to some. No knowledge is ever useless. I am reproducing the essay here.
How to Choose Friends
Our life is a journey in which we encounter many people. A few of such encounters facilitate two souls to commit themselves to an exciting voyage of discovering one another. There may begin the magic called friendship.
In our life it always occurs to us that we sometimes ask: How many true friends do I have? Can I call my friends true friends? What is friendship? Are acquaintances friends?
An acquaintance is certainly different from a friend. We may meet a thousand acquaintance to find one true friend. A true friend is one who walks in when others walk out. He or she is the one who gives you help when you need it. That’s why it’s often said that a friend in need is a friend indeed.
A true friend is one who lets you be yourself and still loves you. The relationship with a true friend is special. Knowing it well, Hellen Keller once said that walking with a true friend in the dark is better than walking with a thousand people in the light.
What about friendship?
“Friendship is a sheltering tree,” says Coleridge. A true friendship gives the shade of life when the heat of life is over our head. Genuine friendship involves a shared sense of caring and concern, a desire to see each other grow and develop, and a hope for each other to succeed in all aspects of life. It is learning to appreciate each other and help each other. Loyalty is the ingredient of true friendship. It is the emotional glue that bonds people.
To choose a friend is not an easy task. We often consider some people as our friends when they are not. Time will tell who our true friends are. Yet knowing the meaning of true friend and essence of the meaning of friendship will make us know who to choose as friend.