What is friendship, really? Some people would define it as someone you mutually share interests with, someone you talk with on a regular basis, or just a person that’s around for you when you need help. I see friendship as something so much more valuable. A friend to me is someone who you know you can call at three in the morning because your heart is broken, or at the same time because you found something that reminded you of them and you have to share it with them immediately. A true friend is there for you no matter how far away you are, whether things are going well in life or if they’re crappy, and someone who, once you’re reunited, you know will fall right back into the way things were before. People frequently talk about long-distance relationships, but long-distance friendships take the back burner, and I, for one, am beyond grateful for mine.
Sarah and I met through Instagram over three years ago. I posted a picture of a bowl of fruit, and she commented saying how much she liked the same fruit. When I replied with “twins!” it only escalated from there when we realized we truly did have so much in common. The only problem? She lived in Switzerland, and I lived in the US. That’s only … a ten-plus hour flight … and a few thousand miles away, right? Well, thank goodness for technology (WhatsApp and Skype, in particular) giving us the ability to maintain a friendship over such a long distance. Through lots of texts, phone calls, voice messages, webcam chats, and care packages, we continued getting to know each other and becoming the best of friends until this past fall, when Sarah got to study abroad – on the East Coast.
Of course we had to take advantage of the short period of time where we shared a time zone, so she arranged a trip to visit me. Sarah had never experienced Thanksgiving, since it’s an American holiday, so she traveled from her school in Georgia up to Virginia for four days spent with my family and me. In those four (way too short) days, I laughed harder, smiled bigger, and enjoyed life even more than usual, just having her around. Goodness, just taking these photos was a task for B, because we couldn’t stop laughing every five seconds. Half of the shots were either blurry, or we had the most ridiculous faces! Oh, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Time spent with the girl I’ve called my twin for three years was so special.
This trip was something we believed was practically impossible – a complete unlikelihood, due to our distance – and it actually happened! Not only that, but we truly were just as much twins in person as we were via text. We constantly completed each other’s sentences or said things simultaneously. We reached for the same candy and laughed at the same jokes, and it was better than I ever could have imagined. Sarah will be my forever sister, though not related by blood. We’re twins at heart, and I will always cherish our friendship. What does friendship mean to you? Do you have someone in your life that just makes it even more wonderful to live? Tell me your stories!
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