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My Cup of Tea: Friendship


I met with an old friend yesterday. He was with his sister. It is always a good thing to sit down and have a good conversation with people who understand you. He was one of my co-trainees in Hiroshima, Japan last year. We were reminiscing our good times in Japan.



Today, it hit me. We will always meet people. Sometimes, get to know them. Be close to them. Then at one point, you will have to separate ways. Imagine how many friendships we have managed to keep within the years.

I am turning 25 mid this year - almost a quarter of a century old. I have been friends with a lot of people. Then at one point, we just stopped communicating and ended up losing the close bond.

Looking back at one of the Islamic seminars I have attended, the sheikh once told us that our friends were not picked by us. Circumstances have brought us together. Our friends are our friends because they are there within our reach. We managed to get to know them because, well, they are in our peripheral.

Our online friends are our friends because we've managed to be in the same, say, website, social network, etc with them.

We can't be friends with those that are not in our boat. We can't create a bond with those miles away from us - unless we already have and just got separated. The friends we make are the people who also have been given the chance to know us by being within the reach.

And because I was given the chance to go to Japan. I was able to meet and befriend people like Ben, ate She, Elai and my other co-trainees. Moreover, I was also able to befriend Japanese and International people, whom I am now reconnecting over and over just like Doreen, Mai-chan, Ken-san, etc.

Similar to how I became friends with some other bloggers - because I blog and we are in the same sphere.

We become friends because we are bound to meet somewhere, sometime. When we reconnect and make the fragile bond of first meeting stronger, that's how we manage to find ourselves deeply immersed in the sea of friendship, wherein an acquaintance becomes a friend and later on becomes a best friend.

Best friends for decades. 

That's how I and my best friends managed to survive the test of time, distance and differences.

How did you meet your best friends? 

20 comments:

  1. That's actually so beautiful. My own best friend and I belong to separate cities but we have managed to put up with each other nonetheless! :) x

    Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  2. I met mine in high school. We were varsity players playing for our school. It started with just nothing but playing until our friendship moved to a much closer bond. We are like brothers now.

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  3. What a beautiful story you've shared here. Nice pictures too. I find it amazing how we get to meet some of our friends...especially how our paths randomly cross. It's destiny. Thank you for sharing this post. It makes me thankful for my friends and treasure them even more. :-) Keep it up!

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  4. I am inspired to reconnect with some of my old forgotten friends! Thank you for the motivation!

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  5. I met my best friends in high school, and I'm proud to say we've been friends for more than a decade already, and nothing has changed, we've just grown more mature individually. :)

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  6. I met mine in school. We were together in group projects and even now since we are working in the same line in the industry, we share the best practices and share knowledge.

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  7. Friends are one of the greatest treasures we can have here on earth. When all else fades and disappears, only relationships and the memories we have with people we love that will really matter.

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  8. What a sweet post! I have made lots of friendships in high school and college. But later in life, I realized that most relationships at the early stage are temporary. You outgrow one another, and you build new circles. The right ones will stay, no matter how tough life gets. It is always nice to reconnect with old friends though. :)

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  9. It is fun to finally meet online friends in person, to actually hear their voices. Because of your online interaction, you do know a lot about each other.

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  10. Yeah! I agree, I don't mind having less friends but to have the few that really sincere and clicks I am more than happy in life.

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  11. I so agree with your Sheikh. I've met some amazing people over the years that have just fallen into my life and I don't know how I survived without them before. I value my friendships dearly.

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  12. What a lovely reminder of how people should work on their friendships. They take time and effort but will always be worth it in the end. Friends are awesome!

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  13. Life is a continuous cycle of meeting friends and learning from them. Some of them last but everybody comes there to be a part of who we are.

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  14. There truly is no one like your friends and this post just makes me appreciate mine more! We really have to treasure these times :D

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  15. Well, we win friends and sometimes, we do lose some. But the nice thing about great friendships is how you guys still stay connected as if you were together just the other day even if you've been apart for years.

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  16. Beautiful post. Just made me remember all my old friends of my earlier jobs with whom I shared such a beautiful friendship. Though we parted ways, the memories are always cherished!! :)

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  17. I feel you. I haven't been able to communicate with a lot of my close friends in school due to busy schedules. So I usually grab the opportunity whenever there is an annual get together just like what we had last Christmas. It was fun and I must say I've missed them a lot.

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  18. It's great to really reconnect, catch up and just talk everything and anything under the sun with people/friends you can be who you really are! :)

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  19. Read a couple of your blogs. Really interesting stuff. Love it. I'm kind of hooked :).

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