I Believe in Friendship

Grant - OLATHE, Kansas
Entered on December 4, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Many times I have taken the people around me for granted, but they are some of the most important people in my life. They support me, talk to me, help me get through tough times, and just relax with me. They help me find the best in myself. I believe in friendship.

I do not have the best track record when it comes to my friends. I have had a new group of friends every year of high school. But each friendship taught me about myself and about other people. My friends mean more to me than anything else in the world. The power of having a friend is not something to be underestimated. If you find the right friend, you’re never alone. You always have someone whose got your back.

Henry Ford once said, “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” I think that this is the definition of a friend. Friends are not friends if they want to push you down. Your friends are the people who want to help you achieve more than you ever thought you could.

I have a friend like this, Mark. We have been through a lot together, good and bad. We became friends three years ago when I joined the lacrosse team. I sucked, but he kept me playing and wouldn’t let me stop. Now we push each other more than anyone I have ever met. Neither of us wants to lose, but at the same time we want the other one to succeed. We compete against each other, but that is only so that we can get the best of our friendship. Mark is a little better than me, but I don’t give up. If I did, I would lose part of the friendship that I value the most, not only competing, also just being together doing something that we both love. I never have to worry about playing bad because I know that he is there and will help me do my best. All that I have achieved is because to my friends. Without them I would not be the person that I am today.

I believe in having someone to believe in you, even when you don’t believe in yourself. I believe in friendship.