This week's 5 Minute Friday topic is "Friend." We have 5 minutes to write the first thing that comes into our mind when we hear the word - unscripted, unedited, and real. Here goes.
I was 19 years old and at a college retreat feeling alone. Everybody seemed to know someone, and I felt a bit like an outsider. She saw me sitting on the couch and made herself comfortable next to me. She started asking me about my life, my family, and my dreams. We realized we had so much in common that God must have brought us together.
It is now 17 years later. We talk, text or communicate almost daily. She gives me a look and I know what it means. She wells up with tears and my eyes well up too. We have our share of inside jokes that make us laugh until we cry. We have loved, we have lived, we have mourned, we have struggled - through joys and triumphs, through pain and heartache.
I cannot imagine my life without her. As opposites, we challenge each other, we sharpen each other - because we know the potential that each of us has. We won't let the other one fall.