Take note of who shows up for you, and who doesn’t.
Take note of who is there for you, and who isn’t.
Take note of who makes you feel as though you matter, and who doesn’t.
Take note of who steps up when you need them, and who has excuses.
Take note of who answers your calls when you phone them, even it’s 2:00 am. It really doesn’t matter the time, if talking to you is important to them, they will answer.
Take note of who wants you around. Not out of any sense of obligation, but rather, just because they realize it’s better to have you around then it is to be without you.
Take note of who celebrates your victories as though they’re their own. If you’re important to them then they’ll be happy for you, never jealous. They’ll also never try to make it about themselves.
Take note of who asks how you are and genuinely wants to hear the truth, good or bad.
Take note of who remembers. Whether it’s the little details, or the big, they’re going to remember because it’s as important to them as it is to you.
Take note of who makes the effort. Whether it’s for the littlest of moments, or the biggest, they will treat them all with the same importance, because it involves you, and that’s what matters to them, making the effort for you.
Take note of who is proud of you, and proud to be with you. They damn well better be proud to be with you.
Despite what some might say, it’s not a lot to expect people to treat you properly. Take note of who treats you properly. And, if you read anything on this list and take issue with it, perhaps you ought to be treating some people better. No one is perfect. But, if someone truly cares, they’ll show it. Not with grand gestures or sweeping displays of affection/admiration or praise, but in being there, in whatever way they can – through all of life’s moments.