I heard the term “Friendtourage” for the first time just a couple of days ago and it piqued my interest. I am drawn to the term because of what the words “friend” and “entourage” mean to me. I expected Friendtourage to mean, “a group of persons you are connected to in a meaningful way, not related to you by blood.” Piqued by who makes up one’s Friendtourage I looked up the word on the internet, Urban Dictionary offered:
“The aggregate of family members, friends, friends-of-friends, classmates, co-workers, admirers, etc.–and any combination thereof, past and present–who have become your friend or contact on a social networking site…, then follow and comment on your daily activities….”
Obviously I had other ideas of who I would included in my Friendtourage, so I looked up “Friend” on Dictionary.com: d:
“…a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard…’
and the word “Entourage:”
“…a group of attendants or associates, as a person of rank or importance…”
Now armed with my definitions I believe the definition for “Friendtourage” should be changed to:
“persons of importance attached to you by feelings of affection or personal regard.”
Given our reach today with social media outlets we have more opportunities than ever to create meaningful friendships. However these are opportunities and just like any other opportunity, and how you leverage those opportunities makes all the difference in the world.
How do you use your social network to create more meaningful friendships in your Friendtourage?
As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I hope that by sharing my experiences you find strength, hope, and solutions when you make your commitment to live beyond your illness.
Carmen M. Perez, Travel Counselor
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