All posts tagged: friendship

January

January 1st is a nothing day. We spend so much energy making sure the last day of December is a story to tell, that the first day of the new year is generally wasted in bed eating melted cheese on anything you can melt cheese onto. At least, that’s what it was like for me. Someone once told me that how you spend your New Years sets the tone for the rest of your year. If January is any indication, then they were not wrong. I did eat a lot of melted cheese. But I also spent a lot of time with my friends and a lot of time thinking about friendship – about what it means to be a friend, about what kind of friend I can be, about what kind of friend I need and deserve. I think that I’ve always been a good friend because I have always had good mental health. I think that I could always be enthusiastically there for my friends in every sense of the word – always …

Johanna Beach

Why is it that people like us – with roofs over our heads and ready-to-drink water flowing from our indoor taps – find returning to the wilderness so appealing? This was the question I found myself asking over and over again before my recent three-day camping trip to Johanna Beach. Now, let me be clear – I am not the biggest fan of camping, but this is certainly not due to inexperience. I attended one of those annoying high schools that thought the greatest way to build up resilience in a girl was to throw her into the Australian bush for 12 days with no showers, toilets or fresh drinking water. And yes, resilience I did attain – but passion for the great outdoors? That one was sort of lost on me. Johanna Beach is approximately 230km, or 3 hours and 16 minutes, from my house in Melbourne. On my way to Jay’s house (the convoy meeting point) at a delightful 7am in the morning, I was enlightened with a collection of fun facts from …

On Friendship

Although I have spent most of my adolescent life consuming culture that taught me the opposite, I have always dismissed the idea of soulmates because I understand that this world works by chance and opportunity, and people make decisions that actively take their lives one way or another. So the idea that a certain someone is predestined to enter into my life didn’t make much sense – and I’m still not entirely sure it does now. But I’ll tell you what is starting to make more sense to me: the idea that soulmateship  is not limited to the stuff of romance and marriage. Early this year, I found a group of friends at University and – particularly in the past few months – I have found myself feeling an incredibly strong sense of home whenever I am around them. And mind you, I like to believe I have surrounded myself with beautiful, enriching friendships my entire life – but something about this feels altogether quite different. I live for our conversations, particularly if they make …