They don’t teach you how to be a friend in college. But they should. Hopefully, at some point, you do learn.
It took me a while to learn and value friends. As a kid, I had trouble connecting for the usual selfish reasons. But I also felt unable to love everyone the way they needed. So I often didn’t try.
With the new independence in early adulthood a bit, I began to realize the importance of friends to everything I really wanted in life.
The writing life requires friends. No matter what happens, wherever you go or whatever you end up doing, the value of having people you can rely on is immeasurable, people who will go to bat for you, vouch for your skills and character, and believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself.
Nothing but real friends makes life worth living. God knows we need real arms, real eyes to hold us. He designed us. He knows.
And for his called writers, he knows writing friends are more precious than diamonds.