A Little Help From My Friends

Christina - St.Louis, Missouri
Entered on May 12, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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When I’m with my friends there’s an energy that fills me up from the bottom to the top that allows me to cut loose and do anything. Friends are there no matter what time of day it is, especially my friends. We’re so

alike in so many ways, but just as different at the same time there’s a perfect balance that makes us the best of friends. Friendship is one of the strongest bonds that people have in their life, and without mine I wouldn’t be who I am.

I believe in friendship, but not just friendship, but what comes along with having friends. I feel like I have gained a whole other set of siblings with friends, we get on each other’s nerves, and we take each other’s stuff but at the end of the day we still love each other. Part of who I am is dedicated to my friends, because they are the people who get me to be myself without reservation.

There are times in my life that I have needed to talk to someone, and have them listen, and my friends are all there to listen. Anytime that I have a problem they are always a text or e-mail away. Friends don’t judge you ,and like you for who you really are, and don’t force you into being something that isn’t you. During tough times good friends don’t judge you ,but are there to help you.

The song says is all “I get by with a little help from my friends.” They help me get by when times are hard. Friends don’t judge they truly care about my well-being. My friends know me better than anybody else. Real friends aren’t afraid to be blunt, they say how they really feel. When I wanted to try out for cheerleading they didn’t hold back from telling me how they felt. They opened my eyes to what I would be getting into. Even though they thought it was kind of out there for me they understood that it was something I wanted to do. When they didn’t judge me like others who questioned my commitment to sticking with it it felt good. Friends make things that much easier when they are honest and not judgmental, we have a stronger friendship because of it. All of us are really lucky to have such great people in our lives when not everyone is so lucky.

Though I haven’t always been so lucky because I’m so shy and nervous at the same time when I meet new people. I’m so hard on myself I tend to think they won’t take the time to get to know me once I get over that. First impressions are important, but when meeting new people I feel second impressions are even more important. Being shy makes it difficult to open up and trust. I need to know I won’t be looked at in a weird way ,but be understood. Having been so used to only being able to trust myself, I had to learn how to open up to people. When my best friend changed schools I didn’t know what I was going to do. She was the first person I could open up to that didn’t judge me, and I could trust. After she left I didn’t think I was going to be able to find that again. When I did it was very comforting to know I had other people who could be the same non-judgmental people, just like she was for me. Now there is a whole group of great people that are there for me no matter what the problem is.

I believe in friendship, but more than that I believe in having good friend that don’t judge. Having good friends in my life is something I need, not a lot but a few good ones. They keep me grounded allowing me to be myself. They let me be me without judgment or criticism. The good friends I have are the greatest friends I could ask for, and I know they are there for me whenever I need it till the end.