Two Kinds of Friends
There are two kinds of friends.
Those that encourage you by telling you your mess-up wasn’t all that bad. That the test wasn’t fair, the judging was too strict, or the expectations were too high.
And those that tell you yes, you could’ve been better prepared and you should’ve practiced more. What the judge said may have been correct. That you can, and should, do better next time.
Both kinds of friends are nice to have.