I kind of hate Valentine’s Day. Maybe that’s because I don’t have ‘someone special’ to share it with but it just isn’t for me. One thing I can get behind is telling someone that you love them/care about them/that they make a difference in your life. We have a mother’s day, father’s day and bloody Valentine’s day for your significant other but where is friends day?
So this is for you guys, an ode to the people who inspire, shape me, laugh with me, cry with me and get really bloody drunk with me. I guess I want to start by saying thank you, thank you for being my friend and thank you for being a part of my life.
Friendship is one of the most important things that make the world go round. I voluntarily choose to make memories with these people, to share things with them and celebrate their wins and console them with their losses.
We all move on and make new friends. We all have friends we’ve known a lifetime and friends we’ve known a matter of months. We all fall out, say things we don’t mean and decide to leave things at that. We all just simply let friendships go.
But there are the friends who are still there.
The friends you get really drunk with and then sit around discussing the night before in your pyjamas the following day.
The friends you can sit with for hours in a coffee shop putting the worlds to rights and bitching about that one person you both don’t like (or maybe they don’t even know them but bitch with you anyway).
The friends you stand at the window with holding cups of teas, watching the neighbours and people on the street. Chatting, laughing and rolling your eyes at something a boy said on Tinder.
The friends you who you share something with and you inspire and encourage each other. Comment yes girl on Instagram pics and retweet all their blog links. The ones who hold your coat and bag whilst taking your photo to get the shot and the one you text when you need reassured that hey, your blog is doing okay.
The friends who hold your hand or pat your head when you cry over a grade, a memory, an experience or a person. The friend who tells you you will be okay and reassures that you that they will always there.
The friends who make the workplace much more enjoyable. Who you laugh with on a daily basis and moan with when something doesn’t go your ways. The ones you want to see outside of work.
The friends who you got out for food with and you both ooh and aah at the options and whether or not to have a dessert.
The friends who you’ve known forever, the friends who know your secrets and your fears and are like family.
Friendship comes in so many different forms and I am so thankful for the friends I call mine. Making memories is unique and plenty of the times I’ve shared with my friends is something I’ve wanted to pocket forever. In the digital age, a photograph to frame, a printed memory is something which is much less common so when Printiki asked if I wanted to work with them, I said hell yes.
I now have all these memories laid out in front of my eyes: the Bahamas, Spain, T in the Park (also known as the worst weekend of my life but my friends were there so it was okay), university, Biggar, Glasgow and so much more. Little tokens of my friendship with some of the most important people in my life. The people who I owe a lot too and hope will be there for a really long time.
So this post is for you, my friends, I’m sure you’ll know who you are and recognise yourself within this post. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about your boyfriend/girlfriend/whoever you choose to share it with, it can be about recognising who is important to you and telling them you care.
You can hold onto your memories in a photograph too by simply entering my giveaway with Printiki to win 30 square M prints with worldwide shipping so anyone can enter. Enter here ~ a Rafflecopter giveaway ~ and good luck!
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