This I Believe

Gillian - Albany, New York
Entered on June 8, 2006
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that the only requirement to be a friend is to just be yourself. Friendship shouldn’t require any effort, and should feel real and natural. When you find yourself in a group of people that accept your crazy ways and imperfections, you know you’re in the right place. I was lucky enough to find a group of people who did that for me one year ago.

Rewind to November of my junior year in high school, 2004. It was still the beginning of the year, everyone was settling into the whole school routine, and friends were reuniting after a summer of vacationing away from one another. I had previously pondered my situation concerning who I was really friends with, and whom I just associated myself with. I concluded that I had no true friends, and that those whom I thought were my friends were actually a bunch of self conceded sceansters, that I found unappealing and a bore to my life.

With these setbacks, I embarked on a journey to find people who were more like me, and had better things to do than study and perfect their image in the mirror all day. I guess I was in the right places at the right times, because the people that I met now fill my life with sunshine ad happiness.

Being with these people has taught me a lot about who I am, and they help me through any struggles that I may encounter. When we’re all together, we share crazy moments that no one else would find amusing, and would regard us as mental if we were ever seen in public. Our lives are carefree, but when one of us has to get something done we all back that person up to make sure they get through it successfully.

I can’t thank these people enough and I hope that this special connection we share will last for eternity. We are not fake, and hold nothing back. Anything is possible when you have friends to back you up and support you, and remember; there are no requirements for being a true friend.