Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On Friendship

My aunt has always said that friends come into your life for a reason, a season, or forever.  I never really paid attention to that quote much until lately.  In high school and college you make tons of friends and truly believe that you will all be just as close for the rest of your lives.  It's hard to imagine life without each other in it and you aren't even willing to consider it.  With adult life comes bills, meetings, errands, work obligations, etc.  As a result, it becomes increasingly more difficult to stay in contact with all your friends from the past much less to keep up with new ones you are meeting.  It was during this transition period in my life that I discovered what my aunt truly meant when she told me that.

There are friends that entered my life during my high school and college years who were not in my life for a super long period of time but who were still significant.  I had a lot of fun nights with these people and learned a lot from them.  Whether it was a new hobby, a new perspective on life or just a life lesson that needed to be learned, I feel that God put these people in my life for a reason but that they weren't meant to be forever.

College brought along seasonal friends as well.  These are friends who I stayed close with throughout my college years.  Friends I spent countless nights laughing and having a blast with.  We spent hours studying, pulling all-nighters to finish papers, and trying to stay on top of classes together.  There were sorority functions, retreats, and on-campus activities that wouldn't have been the same without these people.  They will always hold a special place in my heart even though they are not as big of a part in my life anymore.  During this season of my life, these are the friends that I needed to evolve into the person I am today.

What I am the most thankful for, are the forever friends that are here to stay.  I am blessed with several people who have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember or care to count (yes I'm finally at the age where I already do not want to date myself).  These are the friends that have been there through it all over the years and I wouldn't know what to do without them in my life. 

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at the lake with my best forever friend.  Suzanne and I met as GSP roommates at Morehead.  The GSP coordinators didn't know what they were doing putting a cheerleader from OHS and her Henderson cheerleading rival in the same room!  We have been inseparable ever since.  This friendship has taught me some of the greatest life lessons I have learned thus far.  My best friend is a PA school rockstar and I cannot even begin to describe the great things she's going to do in this world!  I couldn't ask for a better best friend.  No matter the trials, boyfriends, towns, schools, and life challenges we have gone through we have always stuck together and I am so thankful that God sent this amazing best friend into my life!  Suzanne, thank you for your constant support, for calling me to the carpet when I needed it, for countless laughs and priceless memories. 

Today, and everyday, this girl is feeling blessed for all of the above.  For the friends who taught me a lesson I needed to learn, to those who were there for so many fun moments, and to those who are here to stay for life! 

Hanging out at the lake!