“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”
It’s been less than a year since I graduated from college, and over the last six months, I’ve desperately been looking for an opportunity to return to North Carolina. So, when I found the perfect weekend plane ticket, I booked a trip to see one of my best friends, Becky.
Becky and I met in college as English majors, so we bonded quickly over our love of writing. Unfortunately, Becky was a year ahead of me in school, so she graduated shortly after we met. But we kept in touch over the following year, getting together several times before my own graduation.
Over the last year, I’ve had the humbling experience of becoming even closer friends with Becky than ever before. I say humbling because I’m constantly staggered by her intellect, wit, and ambition. She challenges me to be the best version of myself I can be while supporting me along the way.
So I channeled my inner Becky, ambitious and adventurous, and I hopped on a plane to North Carolina for a weekend. We spent a night out on the town, as Becky showed me the beautiful city of Charlotte. The next morning, we hiked through the mountains to breathtaking views – the kind that remind us the world is so much bigger than we are. We spent the weekend as carefree as possible, enjoying the beautiful weather and avoiding our weekday responsibilities. We all need that sometimes – to simply enjoy living life.
My trip to North Carolina reminded me that those are the kinds of friends we all need. Friends who will lift you up when you’ve hit rock bottom, and friends who will push you to be better when you’re ready to give up (like me on our hike – I clearly overestimated my abilities). I’m fortunate enough to have a few of those friends in my life, including Becky.
Find friends who will be there for you day and night, there for the good and the bad. They say that if someone can’t handle you at your worst, they don’t deserve you at your best. This holiday season, I’m especially grateful for all of the friends and family in my life and their support over this last year.
P.S. Merry Christmas Eve Eve!