Discussion of the Week: Redefining Friendship

A Millennial’s Diary
5 min readMar 4, 2018

Week ending in March 4th 2018

I hate being let down.

The not so funny thing about being let down, is that it hurts so much more as the recipient. Whether that is someone flaking on evening plans you have had in the diary for a while, forgetting an important occasion or cancelling on booking that holiday you were really looking forward to.

I am sure we have all been in similar situations, and if we are honest probably done the same to others too.

This post is all about something I have been thinking about a lot in the last few weeks.

What does it really mean to be someone’s friend? How valuable is friendship? And how can we as millennials be better friends?

LV SS 2018 — Joke, just me and some friends from school

‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ ― Jim Rohn — Tweet This

Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, articulated the importance of friendship perfectly in the quote above. What do your 5 closest friends reflect about you and were your life is heading?

To me, the millennial friendships I see around me sit in three different categories:

  • Type A: Friends that get on well, laugh, crack jokes, go out together regularly
  • Type B: Friends that get on well, laugh, crack jokes, go out together regularly, but also occasionally have DMCs — deep meaningful conversations about money/relationships/the future, discuss more awkward topics, travel together, may have lived together
  • Type C: Friends that get on well, laugh, crack jokes, go out together regularly, occasionally have DMCs — deep meaningful conversations about money/relationships/the future, discuss more awkward topics, travel together, may have lived together but also push each other to be the best they can be, send motivational quotes to each other, share interesting articles with each other, challenge each other, advocate for each other, encourage and empower each other

To me, redefining friendship is all about creating more Type C friendships. Friendships are so much more than eating out together, taking a few pics and calling it a day, maybe even holding a ring light for your friend as she dances for the gram (if you know you know). Instead

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