Thursday, December 16, 2010

reverb10 day 16: friendship

Today's reverb10 prompt comes from author Martha Mihalick:

How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?

I feel spoiled rotten in terms of friendships. I have so many great friends. Near, far, from my childhood, from school, work, theater, Facebook, Twitter – I am hugely blessed.

I have been friends with my core posse since I was 7 years old. (That’s 30 years, for those of you counting.) THIRTY YEARS. We all went to elementary, middle and high school together – quite a few of us even went to college together. We have managed to all continue to live in the same general area. And while we have changed and grown into different people, at the center of it, our close friendship has remained all the way through. How is this possible? We have gone through every major life event together – weddings, divorces, births, deaths – and, of course, all of the mundane everyday stuff that makes up three decades. It feels completely amazing to me. Seriously, I’m going to cry.

And this says nothing of my other close friends. How am I so lucky? I know I’m being repetitive, but I have friends from all aspects of my life that I know will be lifelong friends.

And truly, they all inspire me – with their talent, loyalty, artistry, humor, genius, ability to balance it all, their sense of fun, adventure, dedication, daring and all-around awesomeness.

Seriously, I have the most awesome friends. I never, ever feel alone. I always have someone to talk to. I always know, no matter what, no matter when, I’m not alone. Can you imagine? What a gift, in this crazy world, to know that someone will always have your back.

They make me want to be more. To be better. They set the bar pretty damn high. They don’t even know how much they mean to me. I don’t even think I’m making it clear here – I feel like this is the most rambling post I’ve written in a long time, so I guess I’ll just finish by saying that I adore my friends. They make my world – and the whole world – pretty great.

PS Upon reflection, I realize I didn't exactly answer this prompt. Whatevs -this was what came out.


Shannon said...

You have such good friends, because YOU are such a good friend. Law of attraction! You are blessed to have such strong bonds.

Elizabeth - Letters from a Small State said...

Yeah, I didn't really answer the prompt either... and your response made me feel like an ungrateful harlot for not taking that opportunity to say how great all my friends actually are. They ARE!

Great post! Thanks for saying what I meant to say.

wholly jeanne said...

answer schmanswer. you write what you write. and this is a lovely tribute to friendship. tenacious friendships.

lgaumond said...

The best kind of friend is the one who bakes rainbow layer cakes. At least that's what I've heard.

queencake and titangirl said...

i loved this whether it answered the prompts or not. and the other comments are great, too:)

Stereo said...

Thirty years? I only hope that I can maintain my friendships for half that long and who cares if you didn't answer; you wrote from the heart and that's what counts.

Shane said...

Damn...I was really hoping you would get no comments on this post. The irony would have been amazing.

Jess said...

Wow, I hope that you emailed the link to this post to all your friends so they can see how special and loved they are!

Beautiful post!