Most of my relationships are of the honest kind. Or rather, my most meaningful bonds are built on complete transparency. With people who have seen my good, bad and ugly, and still want me as a friend.
These friends do not judge. They might occasionally express concern, or gently point out an ugly, but they love and appreciate all the time.
They are people who do not care to let their hair down in front of me, and who allow me to do the same. I never have to feel embarrassed about anything I have done, or about a way in which I behaved, because they take me as I come. And they like me because I am willing to just be me, on display, in front of them, warts and all.
Friendships like these are hard to find, and so worth keeping. They put together on an understanding of mutual faults, and on the insight that we all carry our own bag full and that it is not for us to question what another has to bear.
I did not know all this until I was older, though I wanted to be that which I saw in my mind’s eye. I could not ever really feel it because I did not really act it. Now I do because I understand that what I am is what I am, and that those who do not care for me, can do without me. And I don’t mind.
I never feel quite comfourtable with non-transparents. That ‘something’ is always between us. And I know what it is, even if they don’t. I have a built-in radar for real and make-believe. Life is easier when you are unaware of this though. Relationships seem more rosy and true. But you are less aware of the importance of guarding your heart, and so you will be injured.
I don’t get hurt that easily anymore though, because someone taught me in the worst possible way. I won’t cry again over a relationship, unless it is my fault. Because if you keep your eyes open, you can see most things coming. It is the University of Life as far as I am concerned, and thank you to everybody involved. You cured me of my friendship romanticism.
Today, I prefer my friends roasted. Tested and true. Genuinely real so that I can make an informed decision about whether I want you in my life or not. It can never ever though, be based on grudges and there has to be a comprehension that I can be wrong when I think I am right.
Every person that crosses my path in life is important, whether for a season, or a lifetime. I shall keep an open mind, I shall give you a second, a third, a fourth up to a whatevereth chance. But if you show that your true colours are grey, I shall not give you my heart. I’ll keep my innermost thoughts to myself and give you that which floats to the surface.
Because love conquers all.