1. The introduction
To each, their own! We agree that every friendship has its own pros and cons. While some may appear to be better, they aren’t and vice versa. But there a few stages of friendships that we all go through, at least with one friend in our life. As shown beautifully in the Siddharth and Shruti Haasan starrer film Oh My Friend, here are nine stages of friendship.
First stage introduction. It’s not necessarily the first conversation. It could be the eye contact, the first fight, or even the first time you passed by each other. There’s a spark, you know it.
2. Terms and conditions
3. Letting go of inhibitions
4. New comfort
Stage five is when the tough times roll in. But hang in there, it’s just a phase. You may feel you are doing too much and your efforts are either going unappreciated or not being reciprocated. But we have to understand that each person has their own way. Maybe when you are expecting the least, your friend will surprise you.
6. Deeper understanding
Finally, at stage six, you develop a deeper understanding of each other. Instead of looking at the world with your lens, you will start to look at the world with each others’ lens. And that’s when you two are truly going to help each other — to grow and to be a better human being.
7. Unspoken words
8. Becoming a family
Last and most important! By the time you cross all the above levels in your friendship, you have become a family member in your friend’s family. From saving each other and lying for each other, to being complimented and scolded together, you now have two sets of parents and a bigger family.
Congratulations! You just earned yourself a lifetime of happiness. Cherish it as you watch more films on ZEE5 this Friendship Day.