If life is a path, you meet a friend when two paths crossover. When two of you learnt whatever you had to learnt from each other, your path continues, so does theirs. You will not meet that friend until your paths crossover again, ready to learn from each other again. This was how I illustrated friendship a decade ago.
One day, I realised that I wasn’t alone in this path. There were a line of people who are walking very close to me. Sometimes, these paths will form a road that we all share together, then one by one continued walking their own path in different direction, and you’re alone on your path again.
If there’s no coincidence in life, there is a reason why you meet these individuals in that given moment in life. May be it will not be clear until they have graduated from you but there’s a reason.
I had an ex-friend who we shared our highschool time together. After graduating from highschool, we never kept in touch. However, somehow, this person appeared in my life a decade later. This doesn’t mean we did anything together. We just passed by each other and kept going. I have many ex-friends like that.
On the other hand, I have friends who re-appeared in my life multiple times and we still continued our friendship. Majority of time, it may be just a catch up. Other times, there’s a reason why this person re-appeared in my life. Because of the growth of each other, we have different dynamic to our friendship but we will have a great time together. These are friends who will believes in your potential.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
It is the spiritual that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.Ralph Waldo Emerson
I also have friends who shares a extensive portion of life with me. These are also friends who believes in my potential. In fact, probably, I feel that they believe in my potential more than I believe in myself. They are not afraid of challenging me, disagreeing with me, or enforcing their boundaries. More than that they allow me to be who I want to be. They celebrate my personal growth with me and rejoice advanced version of me.
Who are the true friends in your life?
What do you share with them?
How you share your life with them?