The Greatest Teacher

– There are times when I think of my view on life before I met you. All the naivete and inexperience I had regarding simple things of life that others younger than I already understood. Then I think of you and all you have taught me in the time we have come to know each other. I have realized that you, you alone, have taught me much more than anyone else in my life. You are my greatest teacher.

– From my childhood until my mid teens, watching and observing everything around me, I came to the conclusion love was hard. Love was for better and for worse, and sometimes it did not work out. Love could be the greatest thing someone would ever experience, but it could also be the worst. Love was equal to heaven or hell, or maybe both, was my opinion.

– However, when it came to friendship, it was a different story for me. As a child I was an introvert in most cases, never good when it came to socializing with others my own age. As I grew older and hit my teens, the symptoms of my introverted self began to fade away and I became better with socializing, but I still didn’t understand the true meaning of friendship and what it meant to be a friend. I was casual with people I met and spoke to and never created a close bond with anyone, and then I met you.

– People always hear others speaking about their love lives. Love is hard and painful. Love is gentle and sweet. Love will break your heart. Love will give you peace and security. Love is for better or worse. Love is filled with sacrifices, gifts, warmth, joy, sadness, heartbreak, and jumble of other feelings. What about friendship? Friendship, likewise, is filled with those same feelings and sacrifices as in love. I never understood that until I met you. One by one, I began to experience all those feelings–feelings I never expected to feel.

– The joy, warmth, and laughter came first. There wasn’t a time you failed in changing my foul mood. I was smiling and laughing constantly when with you, and there wasn’t a day I didn’t go looking for you. Sometimes your comments and jokes had me laughing so hard that I’d nearly fall to the floor and wanting to strangle you at the same time, but that was part of the fun with you. That is a time I will not forget.

– Then came the true test of friendship, one I never expected. In the time we had gotten to know each other, I never realized how close we had become, closer than any other friend I had ever had. Personal problems caused a rift between us and I could sense you drifting away. During that time I realized how heartbreaking and painful friendship could be. There were many days thoughts of you brought tears to my eyes and I cried myself to sleep at night. With all the heartbreak, pain, and tears of our friendship, I was ready to give up, not realizing how important our friendship was.

– When I finally had the chance to speak to you, I realized our friendship was far from over and I had to keep going. Hard times and pain was not a reason to give up on being your friend. And through our joyful as well as painful experiences together, you, my teacher, my friend, have taught me a life lesson I will never forget. Friendship is like love in many ways. Friendship is for the good times and the hard times. It can be our greatest comfort and joy, and it can be our biggest heartbreak. But through it all, we will have a great friend we can count on.


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