Sadly enough, my reading break is already over. It was a very welcomed break and for the first time in awhile, I was really able to relax even though my midterms start the week after. In the past few days, I was finally able to reunite with my many of my high school friends. I haven’t seen many of them since the beginning of spring semester (during Christmas break).
I can confidently say that I have made new and wonderful friends upon entering university. But my high school friends seem to still hold a special place in my heart. I’m not one of those people who think my high school years are the best years of my life, nor do I miss or want to go back to those times.
But when I think of my high school friends, I think of our inside jokes that make no sense, our memories of fooling around and getting in trouble, and our first steps into adulthood together. I think of our graduation, our camping trip, driving each other for the first time, and the nights we celebrated turning 20-years-old. When I am with my high school friends, I am a little different. I am more open-minded, less guarded, and more daring. I have fun and I am able to act selfishly towards them because I know they have already accepted me and my flaws.
Many people don’t stay in touch with their high school friends. And although I can’t say for sure that my group and I will remain as close as we are today, I am glad that these friendships have become the foundation to more friendships in the future. And when I think of high school and I think of them, I will smile and laugh at what comes into my mind: our days of recklessness, innocence, and youth.
“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
– William Shakespeare