This is just another way to say What’s Up? It’s Jamaican Patois, which is a language that they speak in Jamaica. I learned this phrase from one of my twitter friends Sammy.
1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
There are multiple definitions for this word. I’m fortunate that in my life, I have plenty of people that I can call a friend. Unfortunately, as I get older I realize who my true friends are. There are people I would trust with my life, people I would ride or possibly be seriously injured for…I won’t say ride or die because well if I die and you live, that’s not fair. You get the drift. I actually really love my friends.
I have three types of friends. The classifications are as followed:
1.Real Life Friends-Friends that I hang out with in life on a regular basis
2. E-Friends or Internet Friends-People that share the same interest in me and if we were in the same geographical area would be friends in real life. The common bond is a social networking platform such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.
3.Acquaintances-People that your merely friends with for appearances. You want to take it to the next level but there is a wall that prevents you from actually allowing a full bond of trust.
Lately, I’ve begun to notice that my friends count is dwindling. It hurts in some ways a lot. It’s a reminder to me that things happen for a reason. People are in your life at particular phases for a reason. You learn a lesson. You grow from that lesson. You move on. I never thought I’d grow apart from certain people that I was attached to. It’s sad to think that you could lose that person in the drift forever and a day. I don’t wish these fallen friends any harm, I wish them the most in life. I wish for them the same happiness that I am striving for. I stan for my Kevin and Danielle, and of course my work friends. Work doesn’t count cause that’s like family. I have a new addition to one that I’m beginning to be a really good friend. I give a harm time every chance I get, he puts up with it. Actually, I kind of look up to him in some ways. I genuinely think he’s a great person and he often time gives me really good advice when he least it expects. I know I’m too old to say that I have someone that is a mentor, but I’d say he’s a good mentor. I appreciate that about him.
I come across as being a mean, cold, callous person sometimes. If you can make it past the wall that is built, I’m truly a great friend. I will have your back through thick and thin.
What I really like about my E-Friends is that some of these people I’ve been friends with for almost an eternity it seems! From AOL chat-rooms to Myspace Groups and even meeting some of these people in real life. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I wanted with my E-Friend Kassie as I wanted to while here, even though she was close, my schedule just didn’t link up. Richard, I’ve been friends with since I was 15-16. The good ole days of AIM, am I right? He knows more about me than I probably know about myself. Then there is Vince and Kevin from the same AOL chat-room and we’re all still friends to this day. Richard I talk to to the most, and Vince and Kevin we chat from time to time and it’s nice. To see the evolution of a person from then to now, it’s really amazing.
With the way social networking and social media has taken off, I’ve been lucky to find a new base of friends based of even more of my unique interest that say some of my best friends might not be into. It’s cool. It’s different and I LIKE IT.
Acquaintances are the friends that you wanted to be friends with a point because they seemed cool but when you become friends with them you realized that it was a Full on Monet. They are nothing but a hot mess of problems that you want to steer clear of. No point going down that dark desperate alley. They need more than you can actually give them as a friend. Not worth it. They are merely good for entertainment purposes i.e. going to the club, getting dinner, going to the club and DROPPING THEY ASS BACK AT HOME!
I love my friends. They love me and my idiosyncrasies!