This I Believe Essay

633 WordsApr 12, 20113 Pages
This I believe: I believe in the strength and power of relationships with friends. I find myself repeatedly reflecting on the relationships with other people in my life. Recently, I found myself thinking about those friends as I made my way to the funeral of a friend who I used to practically live with. The long car ride to the graveside service with my best friend Ryan, and my ex-girlfriend Catie gave me excellent time to think. It let me realize that all the things I had been striving for and focusing on recently were pointless. All that mattered were the people I cared about and living everyday like it was my last, because it very well could be. As I looked around at all the tear soaked faces of the friends of family of Dan who had gathered to say good-bye I realized that even in sadness you can find the happiness of friends coming together for you. These friends are far greater than anything else you will ever encounter in life. Mencius said it right when he said, “Friendship is one mind in two bodies.” I have made many major decisions and experienced many things in my life. Without my friends, I would have never been able to get through the tough times. Friends can, not only be another person in your class or your camp friends. A friend can be a parent or a sibling. I believe a friend is someone you can talk with when you are either upset or happy, and you feel comfortable with. A friend is someone who respects you and is next to you through thick and thin. Going to camp for the first year at age 11, I knew no one. The first night I will admit, I was homesick and lonely. By the end of the week, the seven other guys in cabin were my new seven best friends. At the end of the week, we had all experienced heartache and victory together and we were all living and breathing each other’s stupid comments. I never truly understood the reason for my

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