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June 18, 2013|LifestyleMental Health


Here’s a deep but short thought for you this week; Are the friends you have in your world truly your friends? Do you ENDURE them or ENJOY them? And if you’re enduring them, what value is there in that relationship if its not enjoyable?

Our time becomes more precious as we mature and you quickly find out what works and doesn’t work for you in your relationships. I can leave social catch-ups with girlfriends and feel totally renewed and energised whilst for other gatherings it’s like the electricity cord has been yanked and I question ‘Was that just a bad catch up’? or ‘maybe I was off my game’.


The real truth is that maybe we could be forcing something that might have slowly dwindled due to life’s circumstances and priorities. Nothing is wrong with you or them but the enjoyable friendship has turned into the endurable.

Friendships should be light, fun and above all caring enough to tell the truth in good and bad times. Friends don’t always agree on everything but respect each others differences. One definition of the word friendship says “A friendship is a relationship where one knows, likes and trusts”; another notes friendship translated through Latin is ‘love’. Every time you leave seeing your friends I hope you’re feeling better off and uplifted; that’s a real friendship in my eyes.

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Elka Whalan
With her vibrant personality and positive attitude ELKA WHALAN (nee Graham) has successfully made the transition from Dual Olympic Swimmer to media personality.