Here’s to High School Friends

By: Aric William

This Is Something To All Of You Still In High School

Rakezo ma3aya. What I am about to talk about has been put off and ignored by you, your friend, your best friend, and your other best friend who you don’t call best friend around your other best friend. I’m sure you probably heard this somewhere from someone, possibly your parents, but here it goes…

Everyone around you everyday is important. Every single one of your friends is important, and here’s why… If you’re like me, and you’ve known people for over 10 years… 10 YEARS… Let that sink in… Imagine, knowing someone, and seeing them almost EVERYDAY… for TEN years. Your high school friends are actually almost as close to you as your family, if not closer.

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I just wanted to shed a light on this topic because a few days back, I was hit by the bus called reality. I always try and skip this bus stop because you know… it’s a kick in the gut. I was watching Grease, and if you haven’t watched it… watch it. And you of course know how movies trigger emotions, exaggerated or not, they are triggered. I ignored it… I watched High School Musical, and it hit me…

Aktar 7aga kont khayef menha about school hit me… It wasn’t failing. It wasn’t getting in trouble. It wasn’t the fact that the administration hates me. It was one simple question. A question that made a day full of sunshines and positive energy… stop. It was kind of like a heartbeat. It was going really well; everything was beyond great… but then… this had to dawn on me…

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“Fareeda… Will we stay friends kolena after we graduate? You think we’ll all stay in touch and stay friends or do you think everyone will go their separate ways?”

It wasn’t the idea of being alone. It wasn’t the idea of having to lose all my friends, but rather the idea of losing relationships and friendships built solitarily on nothing but trust, love, bending so many rules, laughter, smiles, sadness, hardship, and hate. Imagine this…

Imagine going through high school alone. You did everything alone. You took the work from the teacher, you did it, and that was it. No one else went to school with you. You were a lone wolf. Nothing’s wrong with that of course, but here’s what these people whom are around you every single damn day for over 100 days a year are…

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These people are family. Some of you might disagree. Some of you might actually be reading this and going like “ana begad bak rah kol 7ad fe madrasti nas zebala begad I CANT WAIT TILL I GRADUATE”. That’s okay. But to me… I’ve shared so much with these people. I’ve shared so much with these friends. Imagine having a puppy (if you watched that episode of FRIENDS, you know what I’m talking about), and you love this puppy so damn much… and you wake up one day — of course you’re unaware the time has come because you’ve had so much love and time to share with this puppy — and it’s not there. All this love… all this time… this relationship you’ve built up with this puppy over the span of a week or two… Now, imagine a relationship like that — with a human of course unless so7abko are literally kelab — but instead of a week or two, (ballash a2ool 10 years, because mesh laze 10 years awi like my case) but five years. Five years of friendship.

Don’t throw that away. I actually want you, whoever you are reading this, to think about it… You’ve built up such strong friendships and such powerful relationships over so many years. You guys basically did the same thing every year. You lived the same way. You saw each other every day. You shared everything from gossip about teachers to answers on an exam. You’ve done it all.

Don’t throw it away.

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One thought on “Here’s to High School Friends

  1. First of all, I loove your writing style, so what I’m saying here isn’t meant to offend you or anyone. But high school has been the shittest part of my life so far. The “friends” whom I see everyday and gossip to about teachers have changed every week. Why? Because of deen om el maslaha. Ya3ni fe3lan haga beid when you want to have a dof3a to love and want to be sad during graduation but you can’t… because these people made you want to kill yourself during the last 10 years.


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