Today age 50 is the new 60. People are living longer, climbing mountains in their fifties and sixties, chasing down boar in Norway, enjoying a good meal with friends or a long walk with an old companion. Companionship is like a warm bowl of soup after a brisk ski on the slopes. Everyone craves warmth and love and would value a friend who understands them and share ideas with – sort of an all-weather buddy who is there for you in sickness, golf and good health.
Value of companionship
A companion can mean an old friend doing something as simple as just sitting together on the front porch admiring the setting sun, or helping one another in the garden – and can make a huge change in that person’s life. A companion may not call on the phone every day but shows up for birthdays and funerals and is there for you when it counts. The biggest advantage of companionship, however, is that you have a special person in your life, that you are not alone, and that there will always be someone special who cares for you no matter where you are in the world. One cannot buy companionship; one earns it with love and respect. You can do anything when you have a partner and share things. No task is too great. You have peace and security. Your friend is one who knows your very nature and can defend you.
A good companion can read your mind and know what you want before you ask it. Think of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Bogart and Lauren Bacall – and what about those two crackpots in The Honeymooners? Companions come in all sizes, shapes, and age. There is indeed much to admire in good companionship especially when it evokes feelings of love and togetherness.