Shoulders to lean on

By Gina Roswell
February 28, 2002

“Best friends are the siblings God forgot to give us,” said an anonymous source.

What defines friendship? To me, a friend is someone that I can talk to about anything and always depend on when I need someone to pull me through a rough time in my life. A friend is someone that I can act like a complete moron in front of, and (s)he will laugh right along with me. A friend is someone I can cry to when I have a problem that I don’t know how to handle. A friend will never judge me, but will always tell me when I am being ridiculous. A friend will support me in a decision that I’ve made, but will also tell me when my decision is the wrong one. In my group of “true” friends, I include my mother. Without her, I don’t think I’d have enough knowledge about the subject of friendship to be writing this right now.

When we are young, we are taught that those who are nice to us are our friends. As we grow older, we realize that “niceness” does not always constitute friendship. “Friendships” become divided into the following categories: best friends, friends, acquaintances and people we just cannot stand to be around. As we continue to grow, we develop the ability to see people more clearly and begin to understand more readily who our “true” friends actually are.

Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you find a person who fills in a part of your life that you were missing. For instance, sometimes a friendship can grow so intensely that you may feel as though (s)he has taken the place of the sister or brother you never had. If you are so lucky, holding that bond is more important than you may realize. No matter the situation, it is important to always keep loving and holding memories close to your heart, because before you know it, college will be over and lives will start to change.

Friendship is one of the most important aspects of my life. Without it, I, nor my life, would be complete. I would not be able to get through each day alone, without talking to my friends, best friends or “surrogate brother or sister,” either about something important, or nothing at all. I have been fortunate enough to create some incredible friendships at Cabrini. I can only hope that others have also had the pleasant experience that I have had when it comes to meeting people that they love to be surrounded by.

My friends are the ones who keep me going and always remind me to keep the level head on my shoulders. In them, I find solace and peace, in a world that is sometimes filled with chaos. In them, I find happiness and joy. For all of this, I thank them, and extend my love and respect.

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