So I have been challenged to write this post. Don’t see the challenge in it but here it goes…

I was hanging out with friends yesterday when we started talking about my blog. One of my friends, who actually has no recollection of it now, said, “Why aren’t we featured on your blog?! I challenge you to write about us and this evening!”. Lol.

I don’t think I need to get into the details of the evening, suffice to say that I had a great time. There were old friends and new friends. Actually, even the “old” friends are fairly new, just older in comparison to the new ones. And that makes me realize just how fortunate I am to keep finding people I can just be myself with.

I met my “old” new friends only a few months ago. But in these few months we’ve gone from being friends to best friends to brothers (yes, I’m a brother too). I don’t know how it happened so quickly but at no point did it feel unnatural. In fact, I feel like these friendships that I have found recently are the kind that stays with you for a lifetime. We are not going to be in Goa forever, but no matter where we go, we’ll always love each other.

I think the reason we got so close so quickly is that we are all romantics, idealists, some more than others, but it’s what holds us together. We all keep our guards up, again, each to a different extent. But we also let ourselves be vulnerable, intentionally or unintentionally, because we see the good in the world. And regardless of what we may say, we do wear our hearts on our sleeves; we’re transparent. We all have our share of hurt and insecurities that we carry but we don’t try to hide them. Maybe one of us made an attempt but he didn’t quite succeed – he’s not made that way! Really, we’re just open books, anyone can read us if they take the time to.

So when we had the chance to make new friends, we reached out with nothing but honesty. And we found honesty in return. It’s not easy making new friends as adults. Children are innocent, they don’t wear masks. So they make friends easily, and they take friendships seriously. That’s why the friends that we make during our childhood years are some of the closest friends we’ll ever have. The world of grown ups isn’t that simple. People pretend all the time. They hide behind masks and facades, they have hidden agendas and ulterior motives. It almost seems like a small miracle to me each time I meet someone who is not pretending to be someone they’re not or not trying to take advantage of someone.

Last night was a happy reinforcement that there’s enough good people in the world, and I am truly lucky that so many of them are part of my life!

Cheers to friendships – old and new 🙂

P