This is an ode to all those people who have stuck by me through thick and thin, who have uplifted me and supported me, and sometimes even fed me to the wolves! Ladies and gentlemen, these people are commonly known as my friends. While I love all of them unconditionally, I have to admit that among them are a few who embody the saying that who needs enemies when you have friends like these!
I have always been somewhat cold about friendships. I have left people behind and moved on, and even as it shames me when I think about it, I don’t think I have any lasting regrets except one. So, for a person like me, to realize that I still have friends from school who I count as my biggest supports, is quite a revelation. When I say school friends, I’m talking about 30 odd years of friendship here. That in itself is an achievement, and to have been able to stay together for this long even if we talk once or twice a year, is something that makes me feel warm inside. These are my Harry Potter friends. They have seen me through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and will probably be there to send me into insanity when I’m old and wrinkled!
People say that you form the strongest bonds with your school friends. While it is true, I have also found everlasting friendships in my university. These people, they refuse to leave me alone, and drag me into every crazy converstion that they’re having. Over the last 20 years, it is they who have made efforts to keep me in the loop, me being the one to do occasional disappearing acts. These are my Lord Of The Rings friends, always ready to make grand plans and taking me on useless adventures, making me roll my eyes and take the most pleasure in yanking their chains.
I worked in a corporate setting for just one year, and in that one year managed to make a couple of lifelong friends. My Travelling Cat Chronicles friends. I don’t see them for years, don’t talk to them for months, and they live in completely different parts of the world now. Yet, I know that any time I need help, I can just call upon them and they will be there. I know this because I have done it, and they have proven me right.
As I entered my thirties, I knew that I would never make new best friends again. It was too late and I was too set in my ways and a little bit anti-social, if I am honest. Little did I know that just around the corner waited 5 women who would turn my life upside down and inside out. On the surface it made sense that we get together: our husbands worked in the same office, our kids went to the same school, and we lived in approximately the same vicinity. Yet, out of the many, many women who came under this category, the 6 of us found our way to each other. And it isn’t our husbands or kids that still keep us connected even when we are thousands of miles apart from each other now. I present to you, my Big Little Lies friends. They are loud, irreverent, funny and will probably commit murder one of these days!
These are just a few of the friends that I am grateful for. Over the years, I have gone through regular phases of being too social or completely anti-social. I have made friends, lost touch with them, moved on, reconnected, lost touch again and so on, so forth. Some of them have stuck by me despite my shortcomings, making time for me whenever I have needed them to. I came to appreciate these amazing people when I went through personal tragedy a couple of years ago, and they showed up, ready to support me even when I had been absent from their lives for the longest of times.
I am thankful for all these thoughtful people today; my friends, my tribe, my family by choice.