I am extremely lucky.
I have many wonderful friends and a large, loving family.
Some of them I see frequently, others I see rarely if ever.
The one thing I know? They've got my back. Each and every one of them.
And I've got their back. All of them. I've even gone to bat for people who later proved unworthy of my efforts. Repeatedly.
I'm a big believer in second chances. Hell, I've even been known to give third, fourth, and even twentieth chances.
But some people have no concept what friendship really means. They don't have your back. They can not be trusted to stand up for you when others are doing horrible things. They'll stand up for themselves (as they SHOULD!) but you can't count on them to stand up for YOU or for the people who stand up for them.
They take without giving. Without REALLY giving, anyway. Not when giving becomes difficult.
Luckily, I know enough of the warm, strong, loving, supportive, loyal type that it doesn't bother me too much when one of the others proves to be unworthy of my friendship. There are too many positive people in my life to waste time on those who dwell in negativity and meanness of spirit.
Thankfully, the good people in my life far outnumber the bad. So I'm not too worried about those people who aren't worthy of my time.
For all those I love, I hope you know, without doubt that I got your back.