THE KSCHRONICLES: A letter to my best friend

Kerdisha St. Louis

We always say that if we ever end our friendship one of us has to die because we know too much about each other, but I want you to know that you mean the world to me.

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis.

The older I get the more I find myself placing value on things that I never used to before and one of those irreplaceable things is our friendship. Right now I recognize that, though it is not a God gifted relationship like that of the relationship of a mother, father, sister, brother or any of the other family, friendship is one of the rarest and best relations an individual can possess.

The best and most unique thing about friendship to me, is that it is a relationship the individuals involved can create by themselves, like what we did at the tender age of 15. Yes there will be ups and downs, there will be times when we do not see eye to eye or due to our individual lives do not see each other a much as we want, but in a true friendship these things do not matter.

People like myself blessed to have true friends like you consider themselves as the luckiest individuals on earth. Every time I feel like I have no one to talk to or listen to me…when I feel like breaking down or screaming with frustration…when I’m feeling like like the world is on my shoulders I remember that I have you. You may not always have the answer but you always have a shoulder.

I wonder if everyone knows what I do, that true friends are committed and stand by your side even in the rough phases of your life. Thank you for helping me understand that only a difficult situation in life can make individuals realize who their true friends are.

Friendship is a beautiful bond, and I can honestly say what we have is beautiful and honest. I wonder if others recognize that we do not make friends because of what we can gain from them but the bond of friendship, once it grows stronger and stronger is something that no one can place a price on.

Your friends help you grow as a person. They may or may not directly contribute to this but are a very important factor that leads to your personal growth. I’ve learnt that friends knowingly or unknowingly teach you a lot of things and even contribute to your success. They support you in every situation you come across your life and in every possible manner so that you may move forward in your life. Thus, friends are important for you to grow as an individual.

Choosing proper friends is a bit difficult task but not impossible this is proven by our 10-year friendship that I pray every day continues.

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The KSChronicles are the observations and insights of blogger and journalist Kerdisha St.Louis. Each article seeks to invoke a reaction and/or introspection from readers in Dominica and the Diaspora on various thought provoking issues and topics. The column is published every Friday.

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  1. Roger Burnett
    May 13, 2017

    The “friends” people list by the hundred on Face Book are not, for the most part, friends in depth but superficial acquaintances. True friends are few and far between.

  2. Jaime Lewis
    May 12, 2017

    An excellent reflection on friendship. Those of us who have experienced the depth of true friendship are truly blessed. We carry memories deep within our beings.

  3. This is a beautiful letter.

    It may seem a tad old fashioned but I admit my wife of 54 years is my best friend. We have enjoyed the good times and survived the not-so-good times because of each other.

    I remember something King Solomon wrote 3,000 years ago and this is a paraphrase. *The person who wants to have friends must be friendly.* If we are that way towards others it sometimes happens that we bond with somebody so special we find we are there for each other in the worst of times. The passing of time changes nothing and we discover we have a *best friend*. Solomon may have been reflecting on different types of friends when he said *There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.* This would be that *best fiend* who may prove to be more loyal even than a family member.

    Make new friends but keep the old.
    The new are silver,
    The old are gold,

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

    May 12, 2017

    Good on you! when I stay so far away and to read an article like yours I think I am perfect. I would think your best friend and the one who really loves you was your mother. In good times or bad she says is my child already. Your best associates,also has another best friend. This goes to show we all have different taste.

  5. Local- Are RE REE
    May 12, 2017

    :cry: :cry: :cry: I should right to my BFF!

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