Hey hey hey beautiful readers!
It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a new blog post. I was really busy last week and didn’t have the time to write up a post to my liking.
I’m going to start posting new blogs on Thursdays because that works better for me now.
Leave it to Ohio to bless us with temperatures in the seventies smack dab in the middle of February. It’s unreal (but I’m not complaining).
And because I took last week off, I couldn’t blog about it 😦
Even though it already feels like it outside some days, spring will be here before we know it and I couldn’t be more excited! My favorite season used to be fall until around high school time when spring meant softball season, prom, rain (I love rainy days), and the overwhelming excitement that the school year was coming to an end. Most people say summer is their favorite season but I love spring, love the anticipation of flip flops, beaches, and warm weather. I just can’t explain it, it’s like spring is the perfect moment to live in, when everything is new and exciting and there are only good vibes.
Anyway, please excuse my geeking out over spring.
Now that I’m not in high school and spring, unfortunately, does not mean a new $800 prom dress, a league title in softball, and the school year is already over, I find myself reflecting on “the good old days”, specifically the friendships I had in high school.
Ever since I left high school, I became completely and utterly friendless.
Yeah I’m gonna be that dramatic.
And I really hate when people say:
“Oh Cerena now that can’t be true. You have friends.”
Because as hard as it is to believe that anyone can have absolutely no one to talk to, hang out with, or do friendship activities with, I am one of those people.
WE DO EXIST.
I guess my boyfriend hangs out with me but he doesn’t count because he has to be friends with me 😉
I’m a really shy person so it is, I guess, extra hard for me to make friends. I don’t talk to strangers and it has since come to my attention that to make friends, you have to talk to strangers.
And side note: I also love when people who have 100 close friends say that they have no friends just because they don’t have plans for a Saturday or whatever.
The struggle is real for some people.
I think this drastic shift from having friends in high school to having zero friends now comes from the fact that I wasn’t as shy around people in high school because it was Berne Union and everyone knew everyone. And their mother. And their cousin. And their great-aunt Linda.
And I remember thinking the other day that I missed high school.
(I’ve noticed that people either really miss high school or try to pretend that those four years never happened)
I don’t miss high school in general but I do miss having friends.
And then I started thinking (because this is how my mind works) of how friendships grow and change as you get older. People change so why wouldn’t the relationships they keep change?
High school, for me, was okay. I don’t want to say it was wonderful or even good because, like most angsty teenagers, high school is guaranteed to have just as many ups as it does downs. I had good friends, I had my boyfriend (I still have him 🙂 ), and I had sports to keep me busy and overbooked with things to do.
Some of my favorite memories to this day were made during my four years of high school. However, some of the worst were also made in that same time frame (but that’s a whole nother blog post in itself). All in all, I can’t complain about my time in high school. Those halls treated me well.
But like all good things, this time had to eventually come to an end. Shocker.
But back to high school friends.
I’m not going to write about all the friends I made in high school because if we’re being honest, I considered every person that I knew at my school to be my friend (even when they didn’t consider me to be their’s). No, this is aimed towards specific people who were my very best friends throughout high school and even throughout most of my life.
As I previously mentioned, these people were the source of some unforgettable moments. I remember having some of the best times of my life with these people. We laughed together, cried together, and got into some very stupid stuff together. We loved each other and we cared about one another. Of course we fought, we fought with each other more than we fought with anyone else (and over the dumbest reasons) but we were family and best friends forever.
Except we weren’t And here’s where my life advice comes in:
You’re not going to be best friends with these people forever. That’s just part of life.
And I also wanna say real quick that this isn’t true for everyone. I’ve seen high school bffs remain close through college and well into their adult lives, but for me this wasn’t the case.
When you and your high school days part ways, you start to really change. It’s not just you who is changing, it’s everything. You’re about to start this new and exciting chapter in your life (LOL cliché much) and your whole life is about to change. You don’t wake up every morning at 6 am and drive to good old Berne Union anymore, you pack up your car and drive to a new place where you are forced to start over. (Unless you’re me and college is still a ten minute drive away 🙂 ).
Your senior year of high school through your first year of college is a period of tremendous personal growth. So much has changed so drastically and so quickly that you are forced to also change to adapt and grow into your new life. When a person goes through this period of personal growth, the people around them either grow with them or unfortunately, they grow away from them.
Sadly, it was my friends and I who grew apart. Like way apart.
Again, I want to stress that this is a very natural part of life and part of really growing up. Some friendships you outgrow and that’s okay.
And I’m okay.
I don’t wanna say that I’m not sad because I was. For a long time, I was really sad. I was angry that my friends didn’t seem to want to be friends anymore. I was sad that my friendships that were once effortless now required an awful lot of work to maintain. I was heartbroken when I came to the realization that it was over. These people who knew me better than anyone, didn’t know who I was anymore. And they didn’t want to know. There comes a point where texting your “best friend” over and over and over again with no response means that they have moved on, or that they are trying to.
And I don’t want to play the blame game with this story at all. Do I wish that I had tried harder to reach out after high school? Yes. Do I regret not trying hard enough to keep these friendships alive? Absolutely. But we can’t go back.
I am in no way saying I don’t like these people anymore, that’s not true and not the point of this. I love every single one of my high school friends to this day. I want nothing but the best for them and I will always be rooting them on from afar, we just aren’t in each other’s lives anymore. We’ve grown apart and that bears no ill will, it just happened.
Sometimes, you are simply only friends with someone because it is easy. It’s easy to keep a friendship with someone you see for seven hours a day, five days a week. It’s easy to get close to someone that you see for more hours of the day than your own mother. High school friendships are exactly that: easy. I even, at one point, asked myself: are these the people you would pick out of a crowd to be close friends with? Or are they simply your closest friends because circumstances outside of your control just happened to throw you all together?
And its thoughts like this that really bring on the waterworks because I don’t know if I can say that I didn’t bond with these people just because it was easy.
In all, life happens. It’s completely natural for best friends to grow apart after high school. I still love them, I still care about them, but things will just never be the same again. We will never laugh like we did, never bond over the hot math teacher or the crappy boyfriends like we did. We’ll never eat lunch together, or have Friday night sleepovers together. We’ll never play on the same sports team and hang out after practice together.
Do I miss my friends? All the time. And when they hit me up on imessage or snapchat, I respond. But things have changed so much and I’m just learning to roll with it.
Part of growing up is figuring out who you are and figuring out who you are means losing part of your old self along the way. Even when losing that part of you is heartbreaking and painful, it leaves room for so much growth.
In the words of C.S. Lewis (imma huge Narnia fan)
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
Even if you find yourself in my shoes right now with no friends well……
number one: I am your friend (you’re reading this blog so therefore you’re choosing to be my friend 🙂 )
It’s been my personal experience that we make the best of friends when we are least expecting it. Keep your hearts and minds open to meet new people.
Number three: pray about it!
Does anyone remember that scene from Lilo and Stitch where Lilo sees a shooting star and she wishes by praying to God to send her a friend?
Yeah that’s me.
But seriously, the Lord will take care of you. He will put people in your life who are truly meant to be there. He’ll send those who encourage you, inspire you, and help shape you into the very best version of yourself.
My Bible school teacher told me this way back when and I still remember it to this day,
“You will always have at least one friend. Jesus is your friend and he will always be your friend, no matter what.”
And I guess four year old Cerena was smart because she kept reminding herself of this and I still think about it all the time
We lose friends in an attempt to find ourselves but we will never lose God. He will be there with us every step of the way. Remember that.
We outgrow things like old friendships to make room for new people, new beginnings, new life within us. And if you find yourself where I am when starting a new beginning in your life, don’t stress. If they are meant to be in your life, they will be. If not, they will remain a pleasant memory and a lesson learned.
So so so sorry this turned out to be so long! If you’ve read all the way down to this point, thank you so much for sticking around! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts! 🙂
Love and hugs from your friend,