Charles R. Swindoll:I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

Friends are special, aren’t they? Anybody hardly said otherwise. It is the same then, in my life too. So this morning, I decided to make a new resolution. I took a piece of paper and decided to pen down all the names of people who made a difference in my life, at some point of time or the other, knowingly or unknowingly, willingly or unwillingly, selflessly or otherwise. Because that didn’t matter. What did matter was that each of them contributed to make a difference. Their presence (and in few cases, their absence) helped me grow as a person and an individual.

Each of my friends is special in their own sweet way. I won’t bother defining “special” here. You all have friends too, so you know. I guess it’s the unique equation I share with each that makes it so. Some of them made dramatic entries in my life, some walked in casually, and a few just bumped into me unexpectedly at some street corner (figurative).

And then the internet gave me a few more.

Some of them drifted apart over time, some deliberately parted ways. Yeah, I know, misunderstandings. Sh*t happens. But the fault was mine. Maybe I never got a chance to apologize and reconnect. Or maybe I just didn’t try hard enough. Anyway.

So, that’s how I came up with 42 names. For now. This way, I will ensure I am always in touch. To each of them, though, I will always be there, any minute of any day. If that’s what friends are for, I am going to be a damn good friend.

I guess that’s intro enough. So ladies & gentlemen, presenting to you my “Special 42”:

[List under construction]

(Edit: Why only 42? Because it is humanly impossible in this age, to keep in touch with all friends. Facebook tells me I have 1,000+ friends! To those who aren’t on this list, it doesn’t mean I value your friendship any lesser, or I am no longer your friend. It just means that these 42 people made the biggest impact on my life and personality.)

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