I am sure most have heard the forementioned title of this entry before: one should always put their friends, either female or male, before a girlfriend or boyfriend. Of course if you are married or I guess even engaged this does not apply to you. It is such a simple saying, it even rhymes, and yet no one seems to follow it.
I am proud to say that I try to follow these words of wisdom. Perhaps not all the time but for the most part I do my best to keep my promises and commitments with my friends. I do not break an outing with a chum or cut dinner short with them if my "other half" calls and wants to paint the town red.
So why do some many people seem to turn their backs on the golden rule when it comes to members of the opposite, and sometimes the same, sex. That's right, the golden rule; treat others as you wish to be treated. A pal may ditch you to spend an evening with their boy/girlfriend, but if you were to ask them how they would feel if they were the one getting ditched, I can almost say with certainty they would be less the pleased.
People seem to forget that for the most part boyfriends and girlfriends, and even sometimes spouses, come and go but good friends stay forever. This being said I pose this question: Do you stick by a friend that always puts you second when something more fun to play with comes along? What happens when their heart is broken, should you be there for them? When do you forgive and forget?