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Why You Should Always Keep Your Friends Close
Dealing with change is very hard, as we all know. However; the constants in our lives will guide us through when we're whirling around in the cosmos without direction. Our friends, at least the ones we view as life-long companions will never change. No matter if we're succeeding at high levels or falling out of the sky your true friends are the ones who will catch you.
Friends are like birds on a wire. They sit and stare at the world with you. They talk to you. And it's difficult when one of you flies away.
I reconnected with my best friends from college, and my best friends from high school over cocktails and a breezy Saturday night. I flew in from New York City around noon and my friends from Marietta, Ohio (two and a half hours south of Cleveland) and Columbus, Ohio (2 Hours southeast of Cleveland) joined me at my childhood home around 5P.M.

The sheer relief of seeing some familiar faces after a whirlwind two months in New York City was almost enough to knock the wind out of me.

We hugged and laughed, smiled and made new inside jokes. It was a shock to my senses, that had been dulled by the hustle and bustle of the city, the stress of it all. I instantly stopped holding my breath, something I had been doing since I got off of the Boeing 747 at JFK two months ago.
I kept in touch with them during my time away. It's already been nearly four months since we all graduated college and split up to head out into the great AfterLife, alone.
I had seen them frequently in the single month that followed college, but then I went to New York and everything turned upside down.
The flock had discipated and I was left on the wire alone. This time it wasn't a wire held up by telephone polls in the quiet college town of Athens, Ohio. It was one suspended high above the East River, straddling right and wrong high above the uncertainty of a future under an unknown skyline.
As an international move and flight looms...I am left with a few loose ends. One, was getting all of my friends together and having a nice time. I usually do not make time for merriment, but under these circumstances it was the only thing I could do to stay sane.
As soon as my college buddies came up, we headed to downtown Cleveland , Ohio City to visit my long-time high school best friend and a few others who I had known for a while.
My college and high school ride-or-die comrades collided and everything was right in the world. We drank, we sang, we went out and celebrated. Things were normal for the first time in a while, and I couldn't help but feel joy. There we were, all sitting on the wire, bullshitting about the past and celebrating the future.
The darkness and weight I had been carrying around dropped away and there was nothing but light. Through the joking around, the drunken bliss and the notion that we could always pick up where we left off made me understand the value of friendship on a deeper plane.
There is nothing like reuniting with your friends. Time can pass really quickly once you're away from everything you know. Life moves like a shadow, always connected but never fully visible. The people who walk into that shadow and are unafraid of the consequences of knowing you, are the ones you have to keep around .
No matter how far away your support system may be...they're always closer than you think.
There is nothing like reuniting with your friends. Time can pass really quickly once you're away from everything you know. Life moves like a shadow, always connected but never fully visible. The people who walk into that shadow and are unafraid of the consequences of knowing you, are the ones you have to keep around .
You have to keep your friends close. Call them, snapchat them...tag them on Vingle...it doesn't matter how, just that you do. They know every part of you, the ugliest, most dark and disgusting things that you hide from everyone are the things they embrace.

Friendship is a tie that binds by choice. They are the family you choose. It is your obligation to pick them up when they're down. Laugh until it hurts, and remember that their struggles and successes are shared.

The most important people weren't all there...I was still missing some friends from far away, but I realized that no matter how far they were they'd never let me fall out of the sky.


And it's okay when you all fly away leaving the wire bare, because no matter how far away your flock may be...they're always closer than you think.

13 comments
Thank you, @TessStevens! Beautiful card, too. It really makes me a little homesick, though. It's good to be reminded that we have people that will always have our backs, isn't it? I love that certain friends can call me or text me and it doesn't matter how long it's been - weeks or months - and still, it's like I talked to them yesterday. It's always refreshing and they make me laugh and feel better instantly! <3 Happy Friends Day, Tess! ^_^ *Hug*
2 years agoReply
Happy friends day! This card is awesome!
2 years agoReply
I love these birds that you have on here. They're really beautiful! And thanks for tagging me @TessStevens. There are some friends of mine I haven't seen since 2010!!!!! I NEED to book a flight asap. IT's so good to reunite with friends, like you said. I con't want to wait till a decade has gone by to see them!
2 years agoReply
馃槏馃槏馃槏 thanks for tagging me!!! I needed to read this. Happy Friends Day! You're amazing.
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