Inspired by topic #103: Where do you find acceptance?
Remember when you once felt out of place? You probably say something you are not supposed to or laugh a little too hard at a cold joke. You didn’t like the same things your peers do. You couldn’t dress as fashionably as others, or carry expensive bags or wear pretty dresses. You try, but you couldn’t fall as easily into conversations as you hope you would, and no matter what you do just does not impress anyone.
Then one day, something special happened.
After crossing paths with so many people from all walks of life, you meet someone. A person who made you feel truly accepted and reminds you that you don’t always need to try so hard. Started with casual conversations and simple hello, you both became acquaintances, and with time, that simple relationship slowly blossoms into a beautiful friendship.
And from then onwards, you don’t feel that alone anymore.
Like most people do, though few are willing to admit, I struggled with acceptance on countless occasions. Family and relatives aside, I will never forget the first person that made me feel like I belong. It was almost eight years ago, but some memories may fade but some stay till stay as fresh as the morning rays.
I remember the first time we spoke. At least that’s how I remember it. We were both standing in front of the class, by the teacher’s table. She asked how my name was pronounced. I do not blame her; my name is not easily enunciated. Slowly, we found more things in common. I vague remembered simple memories like celebrating the victory of a quiz with ice creams, walks on the beach, her falling into a turtle hole – twice, and something we shall both never forget, the codes we created.
Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
So, here’s a shout for you, Lilian. For being the first of the many true friends I found along the way, thank you.
“To love without condition; To talk without intention; To give without reason; And to care without expectation; is the heart of a true friend…”