Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

After catching up with a friend of mine who I’ve known since freshman year, I’m not going to lie– it was pretty awkward. I don’t know how that friend felt about our reunion, but I’m pretty sure the feeling was mutual. It’s sad how that happens. I knew this person since Day One of my college career, through thick and thin, we’ve been through so much together. We knew each other’s stories, secrets, pasts, and goals. We’ve seen each other cry, laugh, get wasted, and even sleep. However, after a semester apart and new relationships, our friendship gradually started to fade…at least that’s how I felt.

Going back to our reunion, I just felt like there was a disconnection somewhere. Usually when we meet, we would always end up just being crazy and hysterically laughing at nothing. We always connected in a way no one else could have. Maybe it was the distance, or the timing, or just the fact that we’ve both matured in different ways that brought this mysterious wall between us.

Whatever it was, this time, we weren’t really laughing. We were barely agreeing on anything each of us were saying and there was just a solid seriousness and remoteness in the air. After we went our own ways, I started to think if we could ever be the same again.  Would we be able to share and rekindle that connection we had when we were freshmen? I’m guessing we might have to try harder, meet for lunch or dinner more, and just hang out in general with each other more.

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Okay, here’s the situation: you’re out to dinner with friends and it’s time to order. Your friends all end up ordering before you, each telling the waiter what they want. They’re all deliciously unhealthy, like a burger and fries. It’s finally your turn to order. Initially, you planned on getting a salad, but the stuff your friends ordered just sounds so good.

So, what do you do? Do you order a salad, or do you cave and get that burger? We’ve all been there, and it’s okay if you ordered the burger. But, recent studies show that what your friends eat can directly affect what you eat, and it’s not always in a good way.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a Harvard study that followed groups of friends for 32 years. Basically, the study found obesity to be a type of “communicable disease,” in that it can spread from person to person. Now, I’m not saying that obesity is something you can “catch,” like a bad cold or the flu, but being friends with an obese person can greatly increase your risk of becoming obese as well.

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"Real Girls"...Krystie and Molly getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day in February of 1996.

"Real Girls"...Krystie and Molly getting ready to celebrate Valentine's Day in February of 1996.

I have officially decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day, after much thought and analysis, but I’m doing it up a little differently this year.

You can still celebrate Valentine’s Day in a unique way—honor the love you share with your favorite family member or an old friend. It’s not a requirement that you be in a serious relationship or even in love to take part in this historically sexist holiday.

Instead of writing someone a mushy love note and buying a super cheesy box of chocolates, I want to take some time to write a different kind of love letter—a note to my best friend, Molly. I want to encourage people not to give in to the sucky, Valentine’s Day clichés decided by Hallmark, Hershey’s, and 1800flowers.com–find your own way of embracing love. Here’s mine:

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