“Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
The new year is the one time we’re told to reflect on the past: the ins-and-outs of the past year. How can we learn from certain obstacles? This year, after what seems like centuries (read: three years) I’ll be graduating with an undergrad degree. With graduation just a few months away, reflecting on the time since I started college seemed kind of necessary. How will I bring in 2014 while preparing for a new phase in my life? Gracefully, I hope.
I don’t know about you, but growing up my parents always told me you don’t need a huge group of friends. Just a few close girls and guys who would be by your side through thick and thin. Like any other teenager, I brushed that off as them not knowing what they’re talking about. But now, after getting a little older and (hopefully) wiser, I’ve come to appreciate that small lesson.
This morning, after waking up from a frightening dream where I was back in middle school (deep breaths, it’s just a dream), I began to think about this idea once more. I can say that I’ve slowly learned to wean out the not-so-great for me friends, and keep close those who love and support me. In the end, it’s all about finding friends who will become family. It’s about finding those soulmate-esque partners in crime who would be by your side, even if they’d rather be anywhere else.