Reflectorial: On Friendship
Aww, what’s this? A warm and fuzzy Reflectorial? How sweet!
(Not like all of them have been…)
Friends, we are here to talk to you about friends. Friends are friends are friends …
Look, we all need them. Don’t deny it. We just wanted to reminisce, and make you reminisce on, all the great times you have had with your friends and to remind you of the sometimes awkward dynamic of them knowing more about you that you even admit to yourself.
In the Peanuts series, friends are everywhere. Snoopy knew it when the kids got together to clean his physics-defying doghouse where they mopped the floors, organized the closets and cleared the counters. “It’s nice to have friends,” he thought.
So maybe your friends haven’t cleaned your room … yet. But they will. Because friends are for that — not really for doing your laundry, but for helping you get your life organized. And they will do anything for you, just as you would do anything for them.
Don’t do it alone. Whatever it is that is going on for you, or that you are going through, as scary as it might be, put yourself out there. Your friends will be there for you no matter how bad or weird or embarrassing your things are. And as harsh as it may seem, leaning on the people around you might help you determine the true friends from the not-so-true.
And keep your eyes open too. There might be a friend in your life that really needs you right now but doesn’t know how to talk about the hard stuff.
At university you make life-long friends. So maybe it’s time to meet someone new as well. That’s right, make a friend! If you have no idea how, start with the person that has been sitting next to you in your class for the past few weeks. Maybe you could swing by The Hub and take a seat next to someone sitting alone at the bar. Buy them a drink, complain about school or maybe start with a simple, “nice weather, hey?” If you’re still a friend in need with no friend indeed you could always hit up different clubs in SAMRU, find others with the same interests. Friends are the glue of life, when things are falling apart they hold it together.
— The Reflector Staff