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August 12, 2011 / windlessly

Thank goodness for friends

I don’t think I would have made it this far in my life without my friends, let alone be alive… but seriously, I’m lucky to have so many good, loving people by my side. Have you ever been so down that nothing you did or tried would cheer yourself up? Your parents would ask you what’s wrong, your siblings may have made a half-hearted attempt to say something, your favorite song doesn’t re-energize you…. so what do you do? You pick up your phone, of course. Or go onto Skype or Facebook. Chances are you’ll have that one friend who knows exactly how to pick you back up. And sometimes they do it without even realizing it. Just their inherent characteristics or speech patterns or corny repetitive jokes are enough to make you smile again.

I’m lucky to live three houses away from one of my friends. And I don’t know what it was about today, but I was dead tired. Feeling lazy. So down in the dumps it couldn’t have been smellier (okay, that was a weird sentence but I’ll let it slide). I called my friend up to go on a run because if you’re like me, you have zero chance of being motivated to run on your own. I once tried that… I brought out a soccer ball to juggle, thinking I’d go on a run after 5 minutes of warm-up. I never made it out of my driveway. Anyways, I almost cancelled it this time. I was in bed, half asleep, feeling horrible, but I made myself get up because my friend was expecting me.

I literally was still trying to open my eyes when I walked up to his house. But then he came out of his garage, with his short red-brown hair longer and lying flatter than usual. I haven’t seen him in 3 weeks but it was great seeing him. Oh how those gingers can cheer one up xD We went on our run and I wanted to turn back during the first hundred steps, but after that I started to feel better, forgetting my lack of fitness while we chatted.

I finished the run with so much more energy than I started. My legs were a bit sore, but I was wide awake. A good friend can do that to do. Just being with them makes you feel better and more alive. Now, if only I could call a friend over every time I didn’t feel like doing my homework…

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