.Thursday, April 05, 2007 ' 1:55 AM Y
The happening of certain events have led me to ponder over the true meaning of friendship. What are friends? Are they people who fade in and out of your life like passers-by? Or are they permanent imprints who actually leave a mark in your memory? So that even twenty years later, you look back at a certain period of time and you recall that these are the people who have made your life more colourful than ever. What are the responsibiltities involved in being a friend? These are the questions I pose to myself and to all of you people out there. To me, being a friend means being a listening ear. Being a friend means that although you cannot be there every single second of the day, you never turn others down when they ask you to be there for them. Being a friend means that no matter what, you make sure that no one is left out. Most importantly, being a friend means that you do your best to fulfill these responsibilities as a friend, and not shrug them off with a mere "Its not my fault, I didn't know." I will not be shameless enough to say that I am a very good friend. Neither will I say that I have fulfilled my responsibilities, for they are never-ending. However, I do think that I have played my part adequately as a friend. I dare to say that I have never planned a group outing/gathering and unintentionally left out anyone and not even feel ashamed of myself. I would never have allowed myself to "forget" to invite any one of my friends to any huge event. And I would definitely NOT be able to forgive myself, let alone ENJOY, should that happen. I suppose my first instinct would be to immediately call him/her up and invite him/her down, or at the very least, offer a profuse apology. Would you guilty if you allowed yourself to enjoy yourself all the while knowing that your buddy of a few years has been left out? If you judge yourself to be innocent, then, may I ask, what kind of friend are you? Or perhaps you feel that by telling everyone, including yourself, that you didn't know that he/she'd been left out, you are then absolved of any guilt? SHAMELESS. I really think that its time SOME PEOPLE sat down and did some serious self-reflection.**Harry Potter and the Death Hallows is now available for pre-order at all Popular bookstores.