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Two years ago, my best friend moved to Australia. I miss him everyday.
I never really considered myself a "friendly" person. But I'm not one of those people that will exclaim: I hate everyone (even though that was sort of my motto in High School). The truth is that I was afraid or anxious. To quote the indie-rock band The National:
I have only two emotions: careful fear and dead devotion.
That basically sums it up. The way Scarlett Johansson's character, Charlotte, is alone in the above scene (from Sophia Coppola's Lost in Translation) is how I generally felt every day. I'd wander up and down streets, feeling like a tourist in my own town.
My best friend and I met around five or six years ago. We met through a mutual friend and -- to be honest -- I didn't really want to hang out with him. There isn't even a clear-cut reason for that, either.
We were into the same bands, the same kinds of movies, and we both rolled the same tobacco. I should have wanted to hang out with him all the time.
But, of course, something weird happened. He became the Bob (Bill Murray) to my Charlotte... Or vice versa, I don't really know.
He started calling me every weekend to take me to see bands play. He would say things like,
Years from now they'll write a book about this show. Don't you want to be there?!
He'd volunteer to drive out to Brooklyn, he'd pay for me/my drinks when I was broke, and he'd keep watch when I threw up in an alley. He became the best friend I never knew I needed.
Last year, we had a Skype conversation and after talking for about an hour he said something I'll never forget:
I want you to walk out the front door and make friends with everyone you see. Because that's literally what I've been doing and I think it'll be good for you.
I spent the past year doing just that.
Every time I watch Lost in Translation. I'll think of him and our friendship.
If you haven't seen it, you can check out the trailer below.
I love the feeling in this, the realness. I really loved this movie, in a small kind of way. It's a soft love. Idk. I think your friend is onto something with his advice.
This is dope, man! Love the movie and totally see how powerful it can be to people at different times in their lives. It's such a quiet film but its impact is so massive. Really nice sentiment from your friend, too, about making friends with everyone
@jeff4122 @VinMcCarthy Thanks guys. Yeah, my friend is definitely has something there. It's been working out a lot better than staying in my room all day, hahaha