Today happens to be my best friend Kriti’s birthday (go wish her a happy birthday on Kittu’s Modern Mixtape!), and I spent a good hour last night going through whatever little photos we have taken over the course of our friendship. In case you didn’t already know, Kri and I live in different cities and we get to see each other once in a year or maybe twice if we’re lucky. We have been best friends for over 5 years now and whatever little time we get when we finally meet each other, we spend talking and laughing, and having the time of our lives, and our phones and cameras remain forgotten in a corner.
There aren’t enough words in the world for me to be able to express how much this friendship means to me. I don’t even think it qualifies as just a friendship anymore. It’s soulmate-culture. It’s that feeling when you are so in sync with the other person, no matter what the distance in between you is, but more. It’s the way that, in spite of whatever petty misunderstandings there might have been, you always manage to put your love for each other over everything else.
I don’t have a very large circle, so all my friends mean a lot to me. Kriti is one such friend. The first time we talked to each other, I felt so insecure because she is this wonderfully talented person who is so good at anything she sets her mind to, and when you meet somebody like her, you automatically feel the radiant personality hitting you in waves. But she has been nothing but kind, supportive and loving, and I am so glad that I have somebody as amazing as her by my side. If you told me, a few years ago, that I would have made a friend like her, I probably wouldn’t believe you. But the current me is very, very grateful for her best friend’s existence.
I can feel how much I have grown as a person because of the influence she has had over me. We often end up teaching each other new things that we learn, we recommend new music to each other, add songs from each others’ playlists, go on Netflix marathons together, support each others’ work, and sometimes, we even work on things together. A friendship where you help each other grow and thrive is so important and I’ll forever be grateful for having someone like that in my life.
I guess our bond goes deeper than the number of photos we have together, huh? There will always be things that we’ll plan, knowing that it might take some time before we get all the pieces to fall together, but having a best friend like her makes this world a better place to be in. Here’s to more fun and to growing up!
Happiest birthday to you, Kriti! Xx