Humans have been forming bonds with each other since the beginning of time. Whether it’s our parents or a loving pet, there’s a special feeling of belonging when we find people that share our interests, values, and even dislikes. Sometimes bonds occur naturally, like when you feel an instant connection with a new classmate with the same sense of humor. Other times it can take a while before we establish enough trust to really share ourselves with another person. In friendship or in love, our strongest bonds come from the people that make us feel safe and understood.
Though they can bring us a lot of joy, our bonds can also falter. Misunderstandings and disagreements strain these bonds over time, making it difficult for us to nurture these relationships. A bond demands that we be vulnerable and honest with one another. It’s a commitment to stand by another person even when it’s hard to do so. Powered by love, bonds nurture values like honesty, empathy, and patience- the same qualities that not only make us good friends but also better people. When we help each other, we form bonds that can’t be broken by mere misunderstandings, because when we strive to understand one another, we understand ourselves a little better too.