what about your friends

christa - springfield, Massachusetts
Entered on May 19, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

What About Your Friends

I believe in the power of friendship because I have experienced so many different types of friendships throughout my life. I have been through the bad, good, sad, happy. Through it all I have grown as a person because of my friends, old and new, and because of the things that we have gone through together. I must admit that I have seen friends come and go, but I can also say that each one of them has taught me something about myself, and for that I am thankful.

I first witnessed real friendship at its finest when I was introduced to Sasha in my freshmen year of high school. We became best friends soon after, and shared a bond that was very special to me. Three years later she was introduced to something else, drugs. When I found this out I decided to talk to her because we’d become distant. I told her how much I missed her and how much I cared about her and how she has changed. She ignored and sighed and turned away. I knew then that I had actually lost her.

Though I did lose her, I gained a lot of knowledge about myself. I knew that I was strong and I learned that I could actually care about other people so much that it made me cry. I learned that it is okay to lose friends when you need to let them go; when you can no longer help them. I learned that there will always be another friend out there willing to get to know you and care about you.

I realized this in my senior year of high school when I was put out of my box by my best friend, and had to find a new place in society. I thought I’d never find friends like her, but I was wrong. I found more friends, and learned to make new experiences with them, happy ones that I’ll remember for ever even if we do part ways. I do not agree with the saying “boys come and go but friends last forever” I think that boys come and go, but friends do the same. I learned that because the honest truth is; people change and nothing can stay the same for long, though you hope and pray that they do.

Friendships like these helped me to be the person that I am today. I chose not to follow in Sasha’s footsteps, and I chose to make new friends and new memories because I knew I had to better myself, though I wanted to stay with her I had to get away. To this day I still miss my friendship with Sasha, but if I had never let her go I would have never learned about myself, and I would have never changed for the better. This is why I believe in friendship because it made me believe in myself.