“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green GablesThe other day, I decided that there are friends and acquaintances, and there are kindred spirits. You don't have to be kindred spirits to be very close friends, but I think it can be agreed that there are some people that you meet that you have that extra special connection to. You click together a little better than you do with other people. Months can go by without saying more than a few words but it doesn't matter because when you finally run into each other again it's as if no time has passed at all. You fall right back into conversation, and any silences are the silence of comfortable companionship and not awkward "Well, we've caught up and now what?"
Kindred spirits are the people that you want to go to with any funny story, joy or sorrow - no matter how trivial - because you know they'll get it. Other people might not understand, but you know they will. Maybe you don't have exactly the same interests and likes or dislikes, but you both get the same joy out of life and you have the ability to truly value and be enthusiastic about what they are interested in. When you're with a kindred spirit, life feels a little more perfect.
Kindred spirits are a very special type of friend. Through our lives we are very likely to run into kindred spirits that we may only know for a few hours, or a short period of time. In that short time however, you still make that connection and walk away the better for having met them. Other kindred spirits may find us and stay with us for much longer and if we are fortunate, for the rest of our lives.
It's a great blessing to have friendships and people that you love and value. Finding a kindred spirit does not make your other friendships any less or not as important, by any means! It does, however, make your friendship with your kindred spirits a little more special. You never even have to say anything about it, because they'll know. Kindred spirits get you, in a way other people don't... and isn't it splendid, when we discover like Anne did, that there really are so many of them in the world?