Lessons Learned Young that Last for a Lifetime: Friends

There are certain events in our lives that teach us a lesson that last for a life time. One of those such lessons occurred when I was around 11 or 12 years old. It was a Sunday afternoon and some of my "cool" friends said that they would pick me up around 9:00 o'clock the next day to go water skiing. They had a boat and were rich and everybody seemed to want to be friends with them.

On most days at that age I would have biked up the dirt road to my friends house, waited for them to be allowed to play, and then played baseball or some other sport for the rest of the day. Those summer days were some of the best I remember. However, my friends up the road were not as "cool" as my friends with the boat, and so I waited to hangout with them instead.

That Monday I woke up and I waited. I sat on the boathouse as it turned 9 o'clock, 10 o'clock, and finally noon, but nobody showed up. After lunch, I biked up that dirt road and there were my friends playing like always having the time of their lives.

I learned a couple lessons that day that I will never forget:

  1. Don't wait around for people who don't follow through on their word. I was so afraid of missing out with the "cool" people that I wasted a half a day of playing with my friends!
  2. Don't choose "cool" people over real friends. Those people who call up to hangout and ask who else is going to hangout and then decide not to hangout, are not really your friends. A friend likes to hangout with you even if it is just you and even if you are not that "cool."

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