I tend to place a lot of value on my friends because they are there to listen. Sometimes it is easier to tell them things or ask them things I wouldn't ask my parents.
You cannot be everything for your friends and fulfill everything for them and fulfill all their needs (physical, emotional, sexual etc.)- if you were, that would be boring, that's why friends are unique.
Every friend has something unique and valuable to offer. I go to The Guy for advice and that big brother I need. I go to Gonzo and my coworkers just for random stuff- chat about the day, work, school, and things like that. Gonzo and I have a lot of similar experiences and we understand each others situation well. Viv and I both have a rebel personality at times and we're both constantly challenging and trying new things, as well as speaking our minds. I value many of my blog friendships in the same way who you are, and what you provide to me, and in some cases, it is just a listening ear. I hope that I've reciprocated and been able to be there for you guys.
Matt has posed the following question, and I commented on his blog about it, but it is still swirling in my mind:
Do I continue investing all of this energy in them, the energy that they all put into their boyfriends and not into me? Do I cut them loose, because this is ultimately a waste of time if my goal is to find lasting love? I'm sure the answer is something in between. But how do I find the correct path?
Here's the comment I left on Matt's blog, and additional commentary...
My friend The Guy (the guy I always blog about) always says that he is in his 30s and friendships last a long time, where relationships may not. It is the incredibly dynamic relationships you have with your friends that are long lasting and unique that is what has gotten him through his hardest days.
I feel at times in my rather limited dating experience I need to balance friends and dates. Most of my dates have been failures. Friends are the ones who are there to listen, build me back up, still love me regardless, and that's so important since dates won't. I have a great variety of friends- 2 to 3 very close friends, several not so close friends and acquaintances that make things more interesting, and have something I value. I am thankful and try to show my thankfulness in meaningful ways.