How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
(Author: Martha Mihalick)
You know, all of my friends change me on a regular basis.
We are all different, we come from different backgrounds and even now we all live at different stages of our lives. Different groups of friends were brought together by different things; some of those groups were brought together by just one single common interest. And through that, friendships were born; relationships created that teach me and help me learn so much.
Our views on political, religious, philosophical things all vary. But what’s great is the conversations and communications that this creates. I love being able to sit down and talk about something and even if we don’t agree, we can discuss and share opinions.
As stubborn as I am, talking to friends and seeing their viewpoints helps me see that my opinion is not the only one. And it’s not always even the right one.
I love that my friendships make me more open-minded. They make me a better communicator. They make me see the world through more eyes than my own. I love that my friends can discuss things and we don’t judge each other. I learn patience and tolerance. I learn about life, from my friends.
My perspective is ever changing; always molding and shaping as I learn more, see more. These changes and insights are thanks to my friends, because they encourage me to look a little deeper and see beyond the surface. They challenge me to better myself. They help me to be more involved and aware. They love me even when I’m wrong, and help me when I try to make it right. They inspire me because in so many ways they are smarter than I am.
I couldn’t pick just one single friend for this because they all change me, move me. They all have helped me become who I am and they are still there, walking beside me as I become who I can and want to be.