By definition, a friend is a person outside of your family circle that you enjoy the company of or feel an affection for; which does not mean that they are necessarily also your supporter. We all have some friends that are great fun to spend time with but when the going gets tough or we need someone to bounce the heavy stuff off of, we aren't necessarily going to call them. That doesn't make them bad friends or 'unworthy of our time or affection' friends, they just aren't in your supporter group. So there clearly is a difference between being a friend and being a supporter, and just because someone is your friend that doesn't automatically mean that they are going to be the best person to head up your personal cheer squad.
Generally, these are the qualities that I am look for in my friends:
- They enjoy being with me
- They don't judge me
- They are generally kind and respectful
- They see me socially on a regular basis
- They are loyal and wouldn't put me down behind my back
- We can enjoy a laugh together
- Are there for me no matter what
- Want me to succeed
- Will kindly let me know if I'm being out of line
- Comfort me or assist me when I feel overwhelmed or sad
- Share in my joys and losses
- Have my back
- Listen - really listen.
When it comes to being a really good friend for others I think that I strive to be a friend and a supporter as much as possible, and at the very least a really good friend. Whether I am sharing my deepest darkest secrets or just having a laugh over dinner, all of my friends are exceptionally valuable to me and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of them. If like me you are also blessed with beautiful friends then make sure that you let them know just how much they mean to you. Cherish your posse and treat your friends like they are made of gold because good friends are something that we all really want, but finding ones that are awesome friends and also excellent supporters is both a rare and a beautiful thing indeed.
Release Date: 1995, 1999, 2010
Running Time: 276 mins total.
Three incredible instalments, and a fourth one due for release in 2018 - the Toy Story Trilogy is easily one of the best examples of quality children's cinema that has ever been created. The first Toy Story was also the first full feature length film to be made entirely using computer generated imagery - and boy PIXAR sure knew what they were doing. Not only did Toy Story go on make two more highly successful movies, but the franchise expanded into a multi-million dollar industry of toys, collectibles, video games, spin off cartoons and shorts, comics, theme park attractions and unnameable amounts of other merchandise. Yep, even my kids owned a Buzz and Woody doll!
But let's get back to those fabulous movies. Each instalment takes us on another adventure with Andy's toys; tightly focused upon the antics of the cowboy character Woody and the space toy Buzz Lightyear. With an entourage of awesome toys, our two heroes overcome all manner of adversity and foe, including the torturous and destructive child Sid, the greedy toy collector Al McWhiggin and the terrifyingly psychotic teddy Lotso.
Each storyline is equally strong in my mind, and for consistency, I just cannot fault the Toy Story Trilogy. Painstaking efforts have been made to keep character voices consistent, and Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are just wonderful as Woody and Buzz. There's a swag of adult humour to enjoy, there's a tonne of excitement with a fresh dialogue between the characters and every toy has a true identity of their own. If you don't get a certain level out of joy out from watching these movies with your kids, then you probably don't have a pulse!
FINAL SAY: You got a friend in me!
4.5 Chilli Peppers