What is something that people tend to compliment me on?
There are three things about myself that I can confidently say are my most prevalent and successful traits: I’m smart, I’m funny, and I’m a good friend. Out of those, I hear that I am a good friend more frequently than anything else.
I absolutely put a lot of effort into being a good friend. I try to remember birthdays, I keep in touch, I lend an ear or a hand (or a dollar), and, sometimes to the detriment of me or my friend, I fix problems. My intentions are always good, and while I’m selfish in the fact that I like having and keeping a lot of friends and it makes me feel good about myself, I don’t otherwise have ulterior motives.
I’ve learned over the last year or so that all of those things that I do to maintain and grow friendships aren’t always necessary. People don’t think I’m a good friend because I mention their birthdays on my blog or call them every week. It’s in my nature to be a good listener (when it comes to issues other than my own, that is) and to be there for my friends. I think that’s why people consider me a good friend. They know that if they need me, I’ll be there, I won’t judge them, and I’ll have their back, no matter what. And that doesn’t take any extra effort or special planning – that’s just who I am.
P.S. I added another 30 or so photos to my photo wall and my living room wall is almost completely filled with photos of me and my friends! You can go see the photos here.