Today I'm writing about friendship. And I don't really know how start this blogpost. Friendship (hopefully) is something that has accompanied you throughout your whole life. There have always been friends of yours, and they have always been around if it is at school, work, your athletic club, or choir. These friendships were based on same interests and you saw these people at least once a week on average. But now, for me there is a totally different kind of friendship. There still is the kind that is based on same interests and mindsets and I experienced that in the way that I was friends with every exchange student I met and we immediately had something to talk about. I've never experienced anything like that before. Then there's the other kind of friendship exchange students (and world travelers) get to experience, the friendship that is strong enough to stretch around the globe, to reach from country to country, to build bridges from culture to culture. This friendship is one pof the greatest things, or feelings, I've ever experienced, but it is very hard to maintain. You don't just see these people on a regular basis, like you do with your friends from school. You can't just text them saying "I'm coming over in 10 minutes!" or "Do you want to hang out and grab some food tonight?". No, this doesn't work if there is a distance of multiple thousand kilometers between the two of you. Yes, today there are things like Skype, WhatsApp, or FaceTime, but it obviously isn't the same as meeting someone in person. Also, the other person might still/already be asleep or in school while you aren't so coordinating Skype times can get very difficult. And then there is this other kind of friendship where you don't see each other for a long time but connect immediately once you see each other again after 5 months. This is awesome but not often the case, people change, people grow, and sometimes this can change your relationship too.
I don't really know where I am trying to get to with this post, but I hope there is at least one person out there who understands me or maybe even just reads this and might think "hmm, that's interesting". Yeah, I really don't know how to express my thoughts today but I have been wanting to write about friendship for a while now, so I thought I'd finally give it a try and actually write the entire post. Anyway, this might get deleted, so feel lucky if you can read it (maybe, could also still be up a year from now but you never know), so yeah, thanks for reading!
Enjoy life and laugh lots,
Chantal (very confused and not good at putting thoughts into words at the moment)