One of my favorite people recently shared something from one of her psychology classes and it really stuck with me. She showed me the definitions of friends and peers, as seen below:
And it really just got me thinking: how many people in my life are actual friends as per this definition, and how many are just peers? To be fair, most (I said most) people I know from college are just my peers- people I merely graduated and talked to because they were there. I keep up with a very, very selective group of people from my shitty lib arts school, and would like to keep it that way.
But that’s just my point. Of those in my selective circle, how many consider me anything more than just a peer? It’s interesting to think how many people you call your friends actually consider you to be their friend.
Maybe I’m just out of my mind, maybe I have more peers than friends. But the friends I do have, the true and honest friends (you know who you are), I’ll cherish your friendship until the very end.