There are so many lessons that your friends in high school teach you, and if you were lucky, you had friends who meant the world to you back then and are still a part of your life years later. I grew up in a small town, and attended the smallest high school in the region. I can proudly say that’s where I met some of the most important people in my life. As I’m close to finishing my undergrad, I can’t help but think about how fast time has flown by, and how amazing it is that I’m still extremely close to many of my high school friends. As we all parted ways and moved to different cities in pursuit of our goals, we still managed to stay connected.
I want to say thank-you to all the people who have stuck by me.
1. Thank you for teaching me that distance can’t tear people apart
Realistically, there were times when I didn’t talk to some of my friends for months and months because I was so wrapped up in university life and just couldn’t seem to find the time. It’s tough to maintain relationships when you don’t see each other everyday like you did back in high school. However, when we all got together it felt like time stood still and we were still the immature kids we used to be.
2. Thank you for leading me in the right direction
I can’t even count the number of times I’ve come to at least one of you for advice, and I’m blessed to have so many personal therapists on hand, 24/7.
3. Thank you for challenging me
Tough love is one of those things that you look back on and are grateful for. Even though at the time you want to drop kick the person who isn’t telling you what you want to hear, you have to remember that your real friends have your best interests at heart and only want to see you happy. If you ask for advice and aren’t met with the answer you’re looking for, take a minute and understand that person’s point of view before reacting. Odds are that friend is trying to lead you in the best direction with a perspective you may be blind to.
4. Thank you for letting me be myself
I don’t understand how I don’t have a six-pack at this point, considering how hard I laugh when we all get together. It’s seriously a blessing to have a group of people in your corner who appreciate all your quirks and awkwardness. If you find friends who will laugh at your jokes…don’t let them go.
5. Thank you for making an effort
With work, volunteering, and school, it can be hard to maintain healthy friendships on top of it all. However, your real friends, no matter how busy they may be, will make an effort to see you regardless. It doesn’t have to be a big event, a simple text saying “Hey, How’s it going?” can go a long way. Don’t give up on friendships just because you are busy, and keep in mind your friends are on your side and will do their best to help you out if you are stressed.