This I Believe

Maribelle - Renton, Washington
Entered on January 17, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Since the start of high school things began to constantly change. We were a group of 5 best friends in middle school, but when freshman year hit, we all began to part our ways. Whether it was because they began to partake in activities that do not coordinate well with my morals, or because they put their other interests in place of my friendship, things just wouldn’t be the same. I was repeatedly ditched, and then eventually replaced by upperclassmen, parties, new friends, and boyfriends, a couple which turned out to be my older brother.

Never in my life had I felt like I wanted to give up. I started to live in the real world- where life is hard and sometimes seems so unfair. I lost motivation to try. I was always told to “keep fighting”. But I was fighting. I just felt too tired to be fighting. With deceitfulness and disappointments, I came to realize that promises were merely words and nothing more…. and as for friends, what friends? There was no such thing anymore. Sure, maybe someone you could hang out with. But was that enough? No.

Aristotle once said, “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” This I believe. After sifting through the bitterness and pain I found that good things truly do take time. And when it came to finding my best friend- there was no searching. It just happened. There is brightness to her countenance. It’s not only her blonde hair but her great big smile. It’s her laughter or words to console my anguish. She’s far from great or large in stature, but great in purpose, filled with wisdom beyond her years. And when I’m at my worst, I always know I have someone I can count on. She will always give her never ending love and support. A best friend means something different to everyone. But for me, a best friend would laugh even if my jokes weren’t good, or sympathizes with my problems when they might not even be so bad at all. Best friends will always help us to be what we should be. And time nor distance can break the bond between you. The bond is so real, so true, and so unbreakable. Best friends are able to grow separately- without growing apart.

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend; someone who changes your life by being a part of it.

Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop.

Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world.

Someone who convinces you that there is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.

This is a forever friendship.

When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full.

Your forever friend gets you through the hard times and the sad times, and the confused times.

If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows.

If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on

Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay

And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete

Because you need not worry, you have a forever friend for life and forever has no end