As of tomorrow I have been interning at Cosmo for a month, and a lot of what I have been doing is looking through stock libraries to try and find images for our features articles. Today I had to look for pictures of happy female friends between the ages of 25-35, and this particular search made me aware of a very sad fact. When I typed in "female friends", I either got pictures of 12 year old girls eating ice-cream and skipping, or images of "older" women with boyfriends. It's like society believes that once you get past a certain age, you stop needing friends and instead replace them with the inevitable chunk of man who you can't possibly live without.
This, in my opinion, is utter crap. Now I'm not saying this because I am single and bitter and twisted and hate couples ... well not in this post in any case! I'm saying this because I firmly believe that no matter how old you are or how many men you have clinging to your arm, your life will never be complete without your friends. They are the ones who don't make fun of you when you're hungover, the people who you can confess your embarrassing secrets to, and who don't judge you when you just need to vent. They can be closer than your family and more loving than your spouse. They are the people who you simply cannot imagine living without.
Since I am now nearing my mid-20s (eek), I have noticed a craze that seems to have hit my peers, sweeping many of them up in its wake. Oh yes, it is the season to be ... engaged! It was at about this time last year that I became aware of this phenomenon, and as the months have passed, it seems that more and more people have been picking up on it. I have nothing against marriage, and am a great supporter of a hulking big sparkly ring, but I just don't understand the rush. Did I miss something? Is the world coming to an end (again) and everybody is rushing into matrimony before it's too late? Personally I think that everybody is getting their panties in a twist for no apparent reason and are missing sight of what's really important: your friends.
So before you decide to focus all of your energy on your future hubby-to-be, why not spend some time enjoying those important people in your life? Society is wrong! You are never to old to have friends! And this really is the time to enjoy them.