A conversation until 4:00 am with a girl I could formerly not look in the eyes taught me a lot about myself.
You see, the last interaction I had with her I was slapping her new boyfriend square across the face.
She dated the guy that I shared everything short of a last name with.
But, not for long after that.
What I learned from her after that night has changed my life forever.
This story is not a story of love and love lost, rather a story of empowerment.
After our late night conversation I was on a high for the rest of the week.
Could the girl I formerly hated suddenly be one of my best friends?
Is she really that nice?
She had every reason in the world to hate me, but I got only forgiveness and love from her since the start of our budding relationship.
Inevitably, our conversation happened long after she broke up with this boy and was full of lots of tears, honesty and healing.
It seems as though we should have or could have bonded over the common pain that we had endured, but this did not end up being the case.
We ended up filing the friendship void for one another that we realized that we both had.
Both of my best friends had just moved away, and she was going through the beginning of her transitional post- grad life.
We began going out together, watching movies together, and she began to be the girl that I knew would ALWAYS come around when I needed her.
But how did we get to this point?
Honestly, our relationship is still a bit of a miracle in terms of the typical social hierarchy. Our interactions should have involved hair pulling and yelling, right?
I think that what makes our relationship so special is the fact that we realized that strong friendships can overcome anything, start any way and are one of the most important relationships that you will make in college.
No boy or social norm can determine who we can be friends with.
True friendship boils down to the heart- unconditional love, fierce faithfulness and no judgement.
Never forget that.
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