People say that they are lucky if they have at least one or two good friends in their life and while I agree with that statement, I have been blessed with more than just one or two.

While I have always been aware that I have wonderful people in my life who are there for me when I need to cry or want to celebrate, as I get a little older and wiser I have learned not to take these bonds for granted. My friends truly are the riches in my life, it is because of them that I don’t ever feel lonely just because I am single, I don’t ever have to want for anything even though I live on a tight budget and no matter where I am or what situation I am in, I can walk with confidence because I know I have the support of my amazing friends.

I am constantly reminded of what an inspiration they are to me. Weather it is a charity event I attend for one of their non-profits or if it is a weekend bacholorette trip in Palm Springs, each and every one of them have tremendous hearts and enthusiasm for life.

The other day, one of my friends, who is also a writer, told me that sometimes my column is like reading a page out of my journal and that although she liked it, I should try to challenge myself by writing on a more broader level. I agree with her and I appreciated her constructive critisism, but I have to say it’s easier for me to write straight from the heart. In my opinion, friendship and the importance of it, is a pretty relatable and profound subject, in fact, I think it is more important than the economy or politics or world peace. Friendship teaches you about trust, loyalty and communication. With a good friendship you can learn more about yourself than any paid-therapy or self-help book.

A little less than a year ago I was going through some tough times and I could have felt that I was losing everything. However, it was because of my friends that I never felt like I had lost anything that I was supposed to have. I have always known I had good friends but to be honest, after having to rely on my friends as much as I did during my tough time, I have a much deeper appreciation for them and I truly recognize each of their individual qualities.

My writer friend does have a very valid point and I in the future I will try at least once in a while to write about things like road rage and the exuberant cost of movie theater popcorn, but most of the time I think I will probably find my inspiration from the people in my life.

For those of you who have let life get too crazy to keep up your friendships, I hope this column inspires you to pick up the phone or write an email to someone who you once did or still do consider a friend. Because there is no substitution for a good friend; a person who makes you laugh, who puts you in check if you need it and who will remind you of all the great qualities you have.

I guess what I am trying to say is that if the saying goes that you are lucky to have at least one or two good friends, I am the luckiest person I know.