I’ve taken a few days off of blogging for two reasons:
1.) I really have been crazy Christmas shopping. It’s ridiculous how much I’m trying to get done online. I’m even more excited about Christmas than usual. (Surviving something intense will do that to you)
2.) I have been working on this post for a long time. It’s not a post that can be half assed because it involves time, history, and truth. Settle down folks, it’s pretty much the most amazing friendship story ever.
I have a lot of amazing friends (you will all get your own posts, don’t you worry). I’m so proud of each one of them. The friend I want to tell you about today is My biggest fan who also happens to be my oldest friend in the entire world. she has supported me for nearly my entire life. (I didn’t know her until I was 4 😉 )
Geography plays a huge part in who your childhood best friend is. We are one year apart, and first met at the bus stop when she was 5, and I was 6. What began back at our elementary school bus stop has lasted until NOW.
There is something to be said for having the same best friend since you were a little kid. She is the friend who knows you inside and out, back and forth. The friend who you don’t have to explain your life story to because…She already knows it. She’s been there, always. She knows what you are thinking and feeling before you voice it out loud, even if you’re in the WORST pissed off mood ever. Most of the time-she will call you out on it first by telling you that you are wearing your “Secret mad face.”
She knows your entire back story-what street you grew up on, how you looked before you ‘grew into boobs”, she knows your deepest darkest secret(s). She knows that when you eat too fast you get indigestion and she has to rub your back. (true story) She has known your parents nearly her whole life and has known all of your struggles & fights. And the thing is..you know EXACTLY the same things about her, so that’s what makes it so awesome: your shared dirt! 🙂
Having the same best friend since you were a kid means you have gone through your struggles. Sometimes you have had fights, times where you didn’t talk much. As you get older, situations mellow, and what was a friendship originally built on geography turns into something even better.
Let’s talk about our recent years, how she became my biggest fan, and how lucky I am to have her now…
my first official Boston marathon was way back in 2006. I was 23 years old. At the time, I had just broken off a serious relationship, and for the first time in my entire life, I was living alone. Every day presented a new challenge/struggle/surprise. Trust me: if you want to get to known yourself better: live by yourself.
Anyway, I got a number from a local running club, and all I had to do was pay the
overpriced entry fee. It’s truly a true testament to how inexperienced I was: not ONCE did I think about how I was going to get home, or even how I could get to the train from the finish line. Being the a-May-zing best friend that she is-she volunteered to cheer me on at the finish line.
You can read about my first Boston here.
She told me she would be there to meet me at the finish line. If she hadn’t been there, I would not have finished. Ever since that very first marathon, she has been there at that finish line for me. Now, all of our other friends go too, and its a whole day full of fun, flasks, and laughs.
She has always said she is my “biggest fan”. It’s a reward she has rightfully earned: She has come to all my benefits to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital, asks about running, volunteers to come with me to a far away marathon, comes to marathon dinners, and even READS this blog (if thats not love, i don’t know WHAT is!)
A good friend helps you see the best in others, and in yourself. Our friendship means that we don’t have to talk every single day to always feel “caught up” with each other’s lives. We can go a couple of weeks without chatting or getting together and by the time we finally do, a whole bunch of verbal nonsense ensues. I get to see her Twice (!!) this upcoming week and I’m pretty excited about both events!
I hope you all have at least one friend like this in your lives. Life is way, way too short to be without them ❤
I’m heading out to do my long run, enjoy every minute of your weekend!
Run Free, Run Strong!