Keep your friends close

My thoughts to international friendship day

Aug 4 · 3 min read

This is a response to White Feather’s Whoopjamboree Alert. So wonderfully written I got inspired to write my thoughts about international friendship day too. Thanks to you, White Feather!

Who thought there is an international friendship day? Well, actually, why shouldn’t there be one? There’s a day for everything: World tuna day (2nd May, if you’re interested in celebrating it), World bicycle day (3rd June) International beer day (which is, by the way, every first Friday in August, this year on the 7th! What are your plans?).

So 2nd August is the international friendship day. 1st August is the Swiss national day, which is why I was gathered with my friends for a barbeque. We had, as traditionally in Switzerland, first a nice Apéro with snacks and drinks, to slowly continue to more eating and more drinking.

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Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Without knowing about the international friendship day, I was spending a lot of time with my friends — the first time in a long time due to Corona. It was great to meet them again, catching up on all the things that happened since the last time.

It wasn’t until I read the story from White Feather, to think about our friendship. We’re all in our mid 20’s. We’re a group of 10 people, most of them knowing each other since primary school or even earlier. Back in school, we weren’t all close to each other. It’s actually funny how the group formed. After compulsory school, I still was friends with two girls who were still friends with one girl and she was still friends with some of the guys and they were still friends with other guys. In the end, we all ended up together.

The group is growing, with boyfriends and girlfriends of us. This is what keeps me wondering how it’s going to be in 2, 5 or 10 years from now. We still live quite close to each other (and to be honest, even if one would move to the other end of Switzerland, we could still be there in around 4 hours of train drive), but what is going to happen when people start to have kids? I believe this is going to change our whole group and I don’t know if we’re still going to have gatherings with all of us at once. Maybe we split up again in these smaller groups like back in school and just hear from time to time the up-to-date information about the lives of the others?

We don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s why I’m truly happy that we celebrated the Swiss national day together, so close to the international friendship day. You never know what’s going to happen next. Take the time to spend with your friends, call them, send them a nice photo, keep them close!

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Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

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