“No man is an island”, a popular quote amongst parents, teachers and “friends” who want to know your business? Nope!…more like the truth from people who care.

As of October last year, that’s all I had written with regards to this post.  Let’s just say it’s been sitting in my drafts waiting till I could accurately put the right words to paper.  Deciding on this post birthed from the realization of how much support and encouragement I receive from my family and friends on a regular basis.  If I had to handle life without faith, family and friends, in the most descriptive terms.  LIFE WOULD SUCK!!!

Here are a few benefits of developing a solid support system:

1. Hope:  This particularly comes from your faith.  I’ve put all my faith and trust in God, which equips me with hope that everything will be JUST fine

2. A clearer picture:  Good friends tend to share their own mishaps, misfortunes and how they persevered till it was all well and dandy.  That’s also a form of hope, as well as a supporting testament that you too will be just fine.

3. A helping hand:  Depression and sucky situations are better handled with a hand that’s willing to help, when you’re weak and unable.  You know, those who would tell everyone they know that they have a friend who needs a job or one who is looking for an apartment or those who would help move your three bedroom house contents from point A to B…yea…you NEED those.

4. A shoulder to cry on:  Before joy comes in the morning or before you see a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel, you will either cry, mope, be sad, aggressive, withdraw or scream.  In that period, a shoulder to cry on is never a bad idea.

5. Wise Counsel:  So there are #turnup friends and there are friends that slap you into shape.  You need both of them.  Sometimes you want to unwind, other times you need to hear the truth even if you don’t like it.

6. Provision: Some people are bad with emotional speeches or any friendship task that requires attention and work.  However, what they will do is drop coin so you can get yourself back in shape.  I’d say this is still love.

No matter how small or how large a support system you are able to generate, remember to be kind in return and appreciate them…because who you see today may be gone tomorrow.  It is foolishness to wait till the conditions are perfect and you have enough money or whatever you think you need to thank them before you say, “thank you”, “I love you”, …



Dami is the Founder and Creative Director of Dudunorth. She has an immense passion for media, marketing and all things creative.

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