my friend ana

By Andrea Zanetich

There’s something so delicious about finding a fresh, new kindred spirit to share your life’s journey with.

Peeling back the layers as you get to know someone new is akin to breaking the seal on a bottle of champagne: hearing that satisfying pop of the cork, feeling the soft spray of the bubbles misting your hands, and knowing that the best is yet to come.

Yet making the time for new friends can be hard. In our busy lives it can be difficult to maintain and nurture the friendships we’ve already got, let alone having the capacity for anyone else.

But there is so much to learn from and enjoy about the new people who cross our paths. And from my experience, some of the richest friendships I’ve ever enjoyed have come from the most unlikely of places.

Here, I chat with Katie in my regular spot on the ‘Live Well, Be Well’ radio show presented by the Cancer Council on Brisbane’s 95FiveFM, about my friendship with my elderly next-door neighbour, and what I learnt from that special lady.

Click HERE to listen to what I learnt from my friend Ana.

For more about Ana, and to see the article I wrote last year on the day of her funeral click here.


When was the last time you made a new friend?

And what life lessons did they teach you?

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  • I love your opening line 🙂 Making new friends is something that I knew I needed to do this year (after spending a year settling in to my new environment) and I have started to form some precious new bonds and make more time to work on the older ones. I know these friendships will stand the test of time. Everyone has something we can learn from them, good friends are precious and I am so grateful for the ones that I have in my life. T xx

    • Thanks Tatum 🙂 It’s so fabulous learning from others. And I’m a big believer that people come into our lives to teach us stuff. Am glad you are making new friends now. xxx A

  • I’ve been lucky enough to make a group of new friends this year. From the mummy’s group I started going to after I had Imogen I’ve become close with a few girls. It’s so hard to make friends after you leave high school. I’m so lucky to have met these girls!

  • A gorgeous friend of mine once said “people come into your life for a reason, season or a lifetime.” A mantra I kind of live by now. I’ve met some amazing souls throughout my travels and every one of them is special and has a story to share. 🙂

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