I am just back from bidding goodbye to a fellow classmate who, at the time of writing this post, is on a plane heading towards greener career pastures in the Gulf. It’s an awkward feeling when, after the goodbye hug, you console each other saying that ‘we’ll meet soon’ when you know that ‘soon’ doesn’t actually mean what it stands for. Having spent beautiful childhood moments together where we made so many friends, whom I think, turn out to be among the most genuine, caring people apart from near ones, as friends were made during school without an eye for the other person’s flashy cars, bikes or a heavy wallet. We walked down the streets laughing at the most silly and dumbest jokes but also stood together consoling a friend when he had flunked his subjects.
And now, life has made us stand apart at two divergent roads with no certainty of them converging any time soon.
A forced goodbye, a promise to ‘be-in-touch’, a smile followed by . . . . . . . . . . . . gone.
We were struck by the literary brilliance and concept of ‘After Twenty Years’ by O’ Henry after it was our English lesson in IV standard but never had imagined that maybe, some years ahead in the future, we may also be forced to think on the same lines. Déjà vu!
It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, can never know what true friendship means. – Charles Kingsley
True friends are very hard to find in today’s world – those who’ll look in your eyes and not at your wallet when you meet, those who won’t ridicule your choice/decision but instead appreciate it honestly, those who’ll help you with a staircase instead of pulling down your leg when you intend to climb, and most importantly, those who are happy seeing you on the top rather than turning green with jealousy.
Such friends are hard to find but when you do, hold on to them for life for they are God’s precious gifts!