My best friend came over today. And even though it was only for a very short while, we had what felt like the best kind of weekend I’ve had in a while because I could spend some time with my best friend. We were both amazed when we realized that we had known each other for almost 4 whole years now, and in those 4 years, we had witnessed each other cross so many milestones. We have been through so much together, it is amazing how somebody I’ve known only for 4 years has ended up meaning a lot more than people I’ve known for much longer have ever meant.
Not that my other friendships or equations with people who have walked in and out of my life haven’t mattered to me. They have. But as we grow up, we realize that we don’t want too many people around. Rather, we don’t want to force ourselves into building new relationships that we know aren’t going to last. Instead, we would much rather cherish people who are already a part of our lives. That doesn’t have to mean we push everybody else away, but friends who hold a special place in our lives cannot be replaced by anybody else.
My best friend and I get to see each other maybe once or twice in an entire year. Our time in-person with each other is very temporary. But we know that the position we hold in our lives looks pretty damn permanent from where we stand right now. There are only a handful of people I can say that about, and I am very grateful for this handful. I’ve done a fair bit of growing up in these last few years and I have learned a lot about friendships. I’ve lost friends and gained some too. But more importantly, I have come to accept the fact that everything that I previously knew or believed about friendships was wrong.
At this very moment, I am very happy to say that I have found a bunch of people who have come to be my family in the time that I’ve known them. It’s a comfort that we can all hold on to when life starts throwing lemons upon lemons. I guess I’ll always be grateful for my best friend because she has been here for me through the worst, as I’ve tried to be for her. She’s the kind of person who is among the very few people in my life whom I’ve run into the most unexpected ways. So maybe our paths were supposed to cross after all?
Cherish your friendships, people. They’re worth it if your gut tells you so.
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