When I was a kid, I had a friend and we swore we would be friends forever. When we were about 11 years old he moved away and aside from a visit a year later, we haven't seen each other since. Over 35 years later I still remember the sense of freedom, the sense of fun, the laughter we shared when we were young. Now, I wonder what it would be like if we ran into each other. Would I recognize him, would he recognize me? Would we have anything in common other than the shared memories? Would we still even be able to be friends? I am finding that as I have the opportunity to reconnect with my past, I sometimes don't recognize myself for what I used to be. I have experienced growth, transformation, healing. People that I was friends with don't always understand why I'm not the same as I used to be. They don't see or can't relate to the things I've experienced. That's OK. Sometimes our journey takes us far away from home and sometimes that's the best thing that can happen to us. I cherish my past and have many fond memories. I'm more comfortable though where I am today and that's OK.

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Comment by searcher on November 28, 2008 at 5:31pm
I have have a friend, we have known each other since we were 11, we were silly together, we chased boys, we went on picnics, we fought, we had fun. I still have the other half of a forever friends year ring. We parted, our lives went different ways, we occassionally write emails (probably 4 times a year on birthdays and anniversaries), newsy emails telling each other all the gossip and then that is it till the next email.
We live worlds apart now, yet when she visited me a few years ago, after five minutes awkward silence it was like we were never apart. The years inbetween were quickly got out of the way (we had those emails so we knew what was happening in each others lives), we laughed and cried and hugged, our partners amazed at how we could have two seperate conversations at once. It felt good to be who I used to be even if it was only for a short time. We slipped back into that easy friendship.
Now it is back to the emails once every so often, sometimes I just send her a hug so she knows I am still thinking of her. Our lives are so different, oceans seperate us but she will always be one of my closest friends. I still see her as a fun loving teenager, worried about spots and boys and she still sees me the same way. We have changed so much, in our thoughts and ideals yet to each other we are still the same old Chris and Jan despite the years and klms that have parted us.

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