The year after graduating college is weird and hard and confusing. You leave this place that has become home for the last four or five years of your life. You leave the comfort of your own apartment. You leave your schedule. You leave your friends. You all part ways, say I love you and try to stay in touch through phone calls and FaceTimes and text messages. The year after college is a time where you really find out who your true friends are.
Playing a sport in college puts 25 girls in front of you and you have to maneuver who really fits into your life and who is your friend. I was lucky enough to graduate with five of my best friends. Our senior year we all became the kind of friends that make it work no matter what. We currently live in Maryland, Michigan, Utah, California and DC. Some of us have big girl jobs. Some of us are heading back to school. All of us are still trying to figure out our lives, because let’s be honest- that’s what your 20’s are about.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to catch up with one of my friends, Kristin, who now lives in DC. She is the assistant field hockey coach at American University in DC (how cool!!!) We have not see each other since October. Kristin was coaching a camp at Princeton and realized my house was on her way home so she decided to stop in and say hello!
A true friendship is funny because no matter the time spent apart when you do get together it’s like no time was lost. You do the catching up and reorienting yourself with just exactly where they are in their life, but then it’s just like you were walking home from Ricks and having a sleepover after eating Conrad’s. Not a single beat was missed and it will be like that for the rest of time because that’s what kind of friends we are. All six of us will forever be like that, and that is something to be grateful for.
I haven’t seen some some of the other girls in over a year. But no matter what we find a way to keep each other in our lives everyday. Friendships take work, but they’re the kind of girls I will work for. Mardi Gras Gals will always hold a special place in my heart.
Here’s to true friends who defy the odds of distance and time zones and just life.
Stay positive, be grateful xxx