As far as friends are concerned, this has to be the best period in my life.
Actually, I'll reword this sentence. This feels like the best period of my life, contrary to what I always thought - about life coming to a standstill once you are 30.
No, trust me, it doesn't.
I know I sound like one of those zillion women who tell you that age is just a number, and they feel no different before and after 30.
Well, it is, and it isn't.
It still pinches when I have to check a different box in application forms, or read articles like 'Life gets better after 30' or when I spot a new grey hair or two.
But its a different feeling now. I feel much more liberated, much more at ease with everything around, so much more at peace with myself. May be it all comes from accepting things as they are, or atleast the trial to do so.
Back to the friends topic, the last time I met anyone new or had great friends was in college. And that was a long time ago. Barring for one or two people who have become really close friends over these years, I kept on wondering if I had lost the ability to make friends at all. Or to trust people and to have fun in general.
Yes, I have ~400 friends on FB, all of whom I have known and met in real life. But when I see the number, I question myself if I really know so many people at all, and if FB isn't inflating the number just for my sake (yeah, I think of myself as that important :-P)
And believe me, any number of friends you have, and any amount of fun you have with them, its never the same as hanging out with a bunch of girls. The fun you can have with a bunch of girl-friends cannot be compared with anything else!
Oh, now when I take a stock of friends in life - the number of friends I have, the amount of fun I have with each of them, yes, this has to be the best period in almost a decade!
There is this bunch of girls with whom I’ve been friends for over 5 yrs now, and though most of us have still not met each other, its like we are sisters. Yes, that close, and that important to me!
Then there are these women I met online, and then in person, and then pleasantly surprised to realize that we have so much more in common with each other…
Some women I met at work, who have ceased to be work friends and much more… The way they understand me, and get me… awesome!
Some friends of friends, who have become good friends now, with whom I can talk about literally anything, for any amount of length!
I know its hard to find friends within the family, but then I’ve been lucky that way too… :-)
Evenings , dinner or lunch, the comment exchange I have with them on FB or even a simple chat conversation - Each one of these is so much fun, and I can’t help being thankful for their presence! :)
Ladies, if you are reading this, you know it is about you, and for the first and the last time , Thanks for being there in my life! :-)