Eleven years ago, we donned our pale blue pinafores (they were horrible) and white blouses and started our high school careers with absolutely no idea how things will pan out after reaching the end. Ten years ago, we sat side by side, noses burrowed deep in our Harry Potter books, uncaring about the world and caring too much about body images – now we have half-mastered self-belief, endurance, perseverance and tenacity when pursuing our ideals.
There are the occasional moments when I feel bewildered; I closed my eyes and now we are in our mid twenties…the yesteryears of our teen lives are gone abruptly. What remain are the imprints of our friendship, now solidified into unbreakable chains of human bonds. We generally tend to forget a lot of things but, we also tend to remember a lot of other things. What I remember was the incessant textings we used to send one another. I remember that you slept from 3pm to 7pm after school and that you often told your parents you were staying over at my place during a night-out. I also remember your favourite books fell in a genre I will never touch, Crime. You tried to straighten your teeth by pushing them with your fist and attempted to create dimples by sticking a pencil on your cheeks. We used to sit by the compound near the school field during recess – first, to avoid the mad crowd and second, to talk about whimsical dreams and pining that we have now finally fulfilled.
Today, I like to believe that we have attained half of what we had hoped for in the past. Stable careers, independence, men we love and who love us back, the ability to forgo the superficiality of lives and bake, instead, in life’s essence. Sometimes we might wander and find ourselves lost in unexpected paths. Others, we might lose hope and find no light and no end of a tunnel. At the end of it all though, what is certain is that you will be there in the dark to guide me through. What is even more certain is that our friendship will continue to grow and sift along with the years and this will always remain as one of the greatest blessings life has given me so far.
Happy Birthday, Karmun. We shall have many more travel-trips to come in the future. ❤