It may seem strange that one of my most clear memories from the last year is after a night of drinking. I was with two friends after what was one of the biggest let downs ever. While sitting in the car, one of them looked over and asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t have an answer—I think I was afraid to give any kind of an answer.
I avoided answering that question for as long as I could, but it kept coming back up in conversation. Finally, when I said that I wanted my writing to go somewhere. I wanted my writing to mean something, to make a difference, and I wanted to do something to help people. To my surprise, these friends didn’t laugh. They didn’t make fun of these aspirations. These true friends actually encouraged and supported me.
I haven’t had something like that in a friend before. I’ve never had a friend that I’ve felt genuine support from or genuine compassion from. People that have entered my life before that I felt were authentic with me.
My guard has always been up and I’ve always been afraid.
As my friends and I talked,
By the end of that conversation, I felt that I was worth something. That’s not a normal feeling for me. It’s not something that I feel on a regular basis. I bow down to others and put them on a pedestal but with these friends, I felt like an equal. In that moment I realized that I was worthy and I was worth having genuine friends. I was worth having people that genuinely cared about me. People that could see something past the damage, past the trainwreck that I feel that I’ve become.
These people made me feel like I was truly important.
I feel that in that moment, I realized that I had true friends.
I’ve had people that genuinely cared for me and my well being. They weren’t asking the question in a berating way, it was as if they were asking it in a way to see if they could help me get there.
That night I remembered putting my guard up to try to shut them down and I was afraid because I’d never felt someone care that way before.
I don’t feel that way with these friends, I feel almost as if just by asking that question, by a few texts that are thrown out on random days, and just overall being there when I need someone, they’ve shown that I’m worthy.
These people are easily some of the most talented, kind hearted, interesting, funny, and compassionate people that I’ve ever met, and I know that I’m lucky to have them in my life.
I can say that losing friends is what taught me to appreciate friendships. But in reality, it’s friends like these that have caused me to know, love, and appreciate what a real friendship is.