I'm going to vent a little bit...
I'm fucking tired of people who complain that this person or that person is a terrible friend, yet they refuse to see that very same truth about themselves.
I am well aware that in my past, I have been an awful "friend". I've been terrible at keeping in touch with people, and I've bailed on important events simply because I didn't feel like going. But, I have made a conscious effort to change that, and I can honestly say that now I am 100% dedicated to the people I consider friends. I'd like to be able to expect the same in return. That is what friends do, right?
I'm tired of being bailed on. Maybe it's just Karma kicking my ass, but it could possibly be that some people just suck. If you say you're going to do something, do it. If you have a problem with something I've done or said, a friend shouldn't be afraid of insulting me by just telling me. And if you have a problem with my morals, beliefs, or principles...well, we probably weren't gonna be "friends" for very long.
I'm the kind of person who will take a whole day off from work to drive a friend to and from an elective surgery two hours away. I will come watch your dog because you are on lockdown at work, and may not make it home for 3 days, even if it means I have to wake up 20 minutes earlier for work. I will check your mail and get your packages while you're away. I'll send you a text just to see if you're ok, even though I know you're not. And if I say I'm going to do something for you, I will move heaven and fucking earth to make sure it gets done. So, again, the heart of my vent for the evening- IF YOU SAY YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, DO IT. If you want me to be a friend, grow up and be one in return. And if that's too much for you to handle, grow a pair and just say so.