Friendship is a very wonderful thing. It made boring circumstances interesting, and problems that are seemingly insurmountable to be like an adventure.
It’s a pity that we live now in a world where success is seemingly measured by wealth and fame: and so we run (rather blindly, almost) to chase after it.
I have a few buddies who now owns a business in my home country. Whenever they came to visit Melbourne, I’ve noticed that their character have changed dramatically. All that they talk about (when they first arrived) is business opportunity, which is quite fun and exciting to discuss, but surely there’s more to life than that?
The interesting thing is, after staying in Melbourne for about 1 week, they will return to their old self. Relaxed, carefree, young again. And then I realised.
That true friendship can only flourish between individuals that possesses a youthful spirit: energetic, positive, optimistic and sincere: A person with such a youthful spirit will engage in a conversation with another person without an air of pretentiousness, without a mask on. They present themselves as who they are, and thus are capable of contributing the value of their character into the people around them.
Now I’m not saying that we should live without worrying about finance, or working hard to get what we want (material gain). I’m just saying that we should not lose that youthful spirit.
That optimistic, positive, bright feeling – without it life become such a drag, and you will become so isolated in the end, you look at what you have managed to achieve and you wonder why did you go through all that trouble for.
If you do have such friends around you, you should treasure and respect them.
There’s an old english proverb that says “Life is a journey”. The point of the proverb is to enjoy life as is,and we all know this. But isn’t a journey best enjoyed with your friends?
I say that when you have true friends around you, life is not a journey – But rather, an adventure.