'A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.' - William Shakespeare
'Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.' - Albert Camus
These are just some of the wonderful quotes about friendship. Having an honest, true friend is the greatest wealth a person can gain in life.
I consider myself a rich person because I can say that I have a real friend. Dragana and I have been friends for 23 years and over time our friendship has grown stronger. Although she lives in Switzerland and I in Croatia, the distance does not affect the relationship we have.
I can say that Dragana is a part of a family that I chose on my own. Our families are also very connected and it is a real joy when we are all together.
I was especially happy when Dragana chose me to be her Maid of honor, which confirmed the fact that I was as important to her as she is to me. Whenever I have the opportunity, I go to Switzerland or Dragana comes to Zagreb.
Here are some photos taken in Flims, Switzerland, two years ago when Dragana was pregnant.
Our needs along the paths of life will change, but true friends will continue to fulfill and enrich our lives. Friendship is reciprocity, sharing, selfless giving, without measuring what is invested and received.
I want to emphasize something very important when it comes to friendship quality - in order to have friends, we must first be ones.
Sometimes we may take our friends for granted, thinking that they will always be there for us. That's wrong. If we neglect our friends, do not nurture relationships, and do not make the effort, we can lose them. Only those cherished relationships last!
We all need our best friends, but there is no guide we can follow to find and keep them. It is never too late for a real friendship. Some people knock on the door sooner, and some later! A true and sincere friendship is certainly one of the best things that can happen to someone.