I would rather be of intrinsic value to one friend, than to fight to be of extrinsic value to four.
I would rather be irreplaceable to two, than to be interchangeable with eight.
I would rather have one friend stand up for me, and stay standing, than have twelve stand up, to only sit down when the rest of the group does.
I would rather count on three being active in my life, than ten being passive.
I would rather have the quiet confidence in one, than have the public social media fanfare of twenty.
I would rather have three who are consistent, than seven who are not.
I would rather have one who is purposeful, than three who are convenient.
I would rather have two who I can belly laugh with, than four I smile at politely.
I would rather have one who shows their raw and real and messy emotions, than two who back away.
I would rather have two who see me – all of me – and accept me and my faults, rather than five who can’t be bothered.
I would rather feel grounded and connected with three, than feel superfluous with six.
I would rather have one who will challenge me, than three who are superficial.
I would rather have three who make mistakes and are honest, than five who sweep things under the rug.
I would rather have four I can be silly with, than six who appear perfect.
I would rather sit and share in a real way of “give and take” with two, than to fight to be heard or struggle to listen, with seven.
And I would rather have something real and something lasting with one friend, just one friend, than have something fleeting with eight.
You see, the thing is, I would rather be with you.
And I know it can’t always happen. I know life is busy and time is hard. Families are growing and we are in six different directions.
And I would also rather be with you and you and you and you. But I know circumstances don’t allow that on a regular basis.
And I of course would always rather be with you. But time and distance don’t allow that half as often as I need it.
But it doesn’t change the fact … that in this world of 284 social media friends, numbers still mean nothing … because I will unequivocally, with my whole heart, always, rather be with “you”.