For Always

September 27, 2012
"From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it…"

There are few things and people in life that are truly important. Believe it or not, I’m closer to those that I don’t talk to on a daily basis. We all probably have those friends that you can go a certain amount of time without talking and pick up right where you left off. Those friends are the best.

While being in Michigan for a couple of weeks, a lot of junior high and high school memories came back, as I sat in my childhood room. Good and bad memories, all not too bad to look back on. I met up with people I haven’t seen in years, I’m talking up to nine years. We graduated high school, went to different colleges and got closer again when Facebook came into the picture.

It’s amazing to be able to pick up right where we left off and reflect on the past and laugh at ourselves. There was a lot of “what is so and so doing with their life?” and “whatever happened to____?” 

"It's tough trying to make new best friends after a certain point in your life; it's like, how do you catch them up on everything they already missed?" – Everwood

I am so thankful, that no matter what, we can still be great friends. Yes, deep down, I’m mushy. I’m not rock solid. Best of all? These people I speak of are of the male species. I’ve always had a closer bond with males, though I have my few close girlfriends. I’d rather have a handful of great friends than a bunch of good friends.

One, I spent all of junior high with on the phone after school every afternoon and night. I have no idea what we talked about, life was so simple then, yet we thought it was so complex. The other two were friends in high school. There are few people I care to see from high school, and I pretty much saw them all while I was home.

"No matter the distance between us, or if changes begin to start. We'll be best friends forever, cause nothing can keep us apart."

Thanks to social media, emails and texting we stay in touch a lot better these days, but the face to face interaction is always the best. It’s comforting to know that while I hate life in Virginia, some of the coolest people from my past are still here.

We’ve grown up. Some have served, some are doctors and some have families, but in the end, high school drama aside, we are friends.

I realize this is a vague, kind of pointless post, but it’s refreshing and comforting to see these people IRL (in real life).  I guess I’m just nostalgic right now and really needed to see these people after only really having Travis in VA. Don’t get me wrong, Travis is my best friend, but we all need other supporters. To those of you who have always been there and will always be here, thank you.

"Looking back on all these years, all the smiles all the tears, I never want those memories to fade." - MxPx

Being home and looking at old photos and driving around town also brought back a lot of memories of friends I have lost. I’m writing this as I watch Grey’s, and they just said a quote that is so simple, but so true: “Death is hardest on the living.” Can I just ask you to never kill yourself? It’s the most selfish thing you can do. “The most selfish thing you can do” was actually said by my friend’s dad at his funeral.

“The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had.”


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