“Don’t pity the girl with one true friend. Envy her. Pity the girl with just a thousand acquaintances.” –Katie Obenchain
I came across this quote while I was in a bit of a funk, and I think it really describes my life. I’ve always had very few true friends (I like it that way). I think this has a lot to do with being a military child and watching my friends come and go every few years so I cherished the ones that were always there for me. Then after a really bad betrayal by one of my best friends in high school, I found myself having more acquaintences for some time because of the lack of trust I had for people. However since being in school I have since regained some very close friends who I consider my sisters, both of which I have known since middle school. But then I started thinking about the true friends that I had gained since being in college. At first I wasn’t sure if I had any because I had found a way to isolate myself while being here. I’m not saying that I was a hermit and didn’t talk to anyone on campus, I am involved in various orgs on campus, but I have managed to keep my personal life fairly hidden. I think a lot of this has to do with being an out-of-state student with the idea that I was only going to be here for four years and then I’d leave. That was my intention. But then I realized that I have made quite a few life long friends since I’ve been here. I’m not saying 20, 30, or even 40. Actually less than 10 who I would consider true, ride-or-die, hold my hair while I’m puking, bail me out of jail friends. And I like it that way.
I like being able to call up Courtney right after class to make a trip to Pappadeaux’s for crawfish or Jasmine at 2a to make an “emergency” trip. Or call Joe or Victoria crying about my latest relationship drama. Or have Sam carry me home because I have underestimated the effects of the screwdriver I drank. And I love the fact that I still have such an amazing friendship with my very first roommate Muneezeh and she can answer any question I have ranging from fashion to politics
They have all been there for me when I needed them most and for that I am eternally grateful to have such QUALITY friends.