FRIENDS, IN­DEED

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Some­times I blame the tran­sient na­ture of this place we live in; if not that, then it is the work­load, and when it is none of the above, it is the fact that I just love my own com­pany. I’m not self-ab­sorbed or nar­cis­sis­tic; just some­one who suf­fers from so­cial sloth. Yes, that un­equiv­o­cal love for in­er­tia when all you want to do is curl up in a cor­ner and snug­gle un­der a blan­ket of to­tal si­lence – calm­ing, sin­ful and to­tally ad­dic­tive.

The point I’m try­ing to make is that I am ter­ri­ble – no pa­thetic – at nur­tur­ing friend­ships. The few friends who’ve stuck around have stayed on only be­cause they have ac­cepted me in spite of my lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude to­wards our re­la­tion­ship. I don’t call of­ten enough nor do I like their stuff on Face­book, and they would die of shock if I were to re­spond to a What­sApp mes­sage. No ex­ag­ger­a­tion. But when we do meet, I’d like to

As we CEL­E­BRATE World Friend­ship Day, I’d like to tell my FRIENDS how much I AP­PRE­CI­ATE their con­tri­bu­tion to mak­ing me who I am, for it is their WIT and wis­dom that shaped my per­spec­tive to­wards LIFE

believe our com­pat­i­bil­ity shines through, keep­ing our bond strong. There is no room for jeal­ousy or pet­ti­ness, just loud laugh­ter, in­con­se­quen­tial bick­er­ing and a large dose of over­all com­pan­ion­ship.

As we cel­e­brate World Friend­ship Day to­mor­row, I’d like to tell all my friends how much I ap­pre­ci­ate their con­tri­bu­tion to mak­ing me the per­son I am. For it is their wit and wis­dom that has not just shaped my per­spec­tive to­wards life but also es­tab­lished a cer­tain equi­lib­rium within it.

Hav­ing said that, I’m ap­pre­hen­sive to ask them if they feel the same, con­sid­er­ing my ter­ri­ble track record at be­ing a friend. So­cial hi­ber­na­tion, af­ter all, does come with con­se­quences. And af­ter read­ing the fea­ture ‘The lost art of be­ing a friend’ on page 22, I’ve re­alised I have a lot of catch­ing up to do.

Let me know what you think. Un­til next week,

Mri­nal Shekar Deputy Ed­i­tor mshekar@gulfnews.com

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