(Stock image for illustration purposes) Many find it more comfortable having their friends, be they from the opposite sex or the same gender, as their confidante during times of anguish and troubles

FRIENDSHIP: it’s more than just a compadre. We, as earth dwellers, are not able to live alone. The existence of terms and such like the “anti-social club” further points out that we must have a companion in life. Whoever came up with that must be a genius.

It is true that it will be better if we have friends to enlighten us in our lives.

In fact, many find it more comfortable having their friends, be they from the opposite sex or the same gender, as their confidante during times of anguish and troubles rather than going to parents.

Friendships can be established any time and anywhere as long as we are wise in choosing the correct group or individual. They could be mere acquaintances in the beginning but it will bloom and grow into a lasting friendship if we nurture it.

A true friend will be the one standing by you even during the darkest hours of your life whereas mere acquaintances may just break away.

Once a trusty friend of mine decided to give me a call which I failed to pick up just minutes after reading his messages which he sent to me.

Sensing something amiss, he decided to give me another call, but without me picking up the call.

To add to his anxiety, my messaging application must have malfunctioned, which, according to him, the messages he sent were “read” although my phone was switched off at that time.

He panicked (as described by another friend after the latter received a call from him). Both of them raked up their telephone charges in the process, but to no avail.

I had no idea about the drama that my two friends had to go through as they scrambled to contact me.

Assumptions crossed their mind of what had happened to me — from my phone being pick-pocketed to my family and I being robbed and held hostage.

I called one of them on the second day after realising I had almost 20 missed calls from them, which stretched all the way till 1am. I soon realised how worried and worn out they had become to keep me on the radar.

Well, thankfully I responded at last, or else the police might have shown up in front of my house; they had wanted to call the cops.

This experience, although dramatic, had me realise that those two friends had gone the extra mile not only as mere friends, but had showed a sense of brotherhood to ensure that none of us is incommunicado and no one slips off the friendship radar.

Thanks, guys.

Gregory Kong, Cheras, Selangor

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