After being away from home (Cape Town) for two years and re-connecting with many of my old friends upon my return, I found that many things had changed, yet so many things had stayed the same. I had done a lot of growing up while away and had changed in many ways and needless to say my friends had done the same. We had all grown in different ways. Some of us grew up, some of us grew apart, some grew taller and some grew fatter.
One thing that bothered me was that in many of my friendships the essence of the relationship had stayed the same, i.e. the friendship had not grown or evolved. As a result of this, we were always in agreement, there were no challenges in sight and the world was at peace, meaning that there was little or no growth in sight.
It was then that I realised that it was time to make some new friends and I can honestly say that as a result I’ve been challenged in ways I never dreamed possible, I’ve grown and learnt so much and I’m still learning everyday. I’ve met some beautiful people who make me believe in the impossible and also allow me to impart things into their lives.
I value my old and new friends greatly. My old ones for the part they’ve played in my life thus far and for the great people they are and my new ones for constantly challenging my point of view and allowing me to be a part of their life journey too.
Here’s to friendships, old and new!