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Alice Yang
Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star.
She is a student at Stephen F. Austin High School-FBISD.

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

Friendship is like love. It takes two people, a connection, and complete honesty.

Finding a good friend is like dating. You hang out. You try for a connection. If itís there, you move on. If itís not, you stop.

But unlike dating, you sometimes keep the friends that failed to win your heart. Each of them operates on a different level with you. Each of them stops at a different layer.

There are the acquaintances, whom you see at school and smile. You talk about classes, teachers, maybe the new movie thatís coming out. Acquaintances are just for show. Casual flirts. Fun in numbers.

There are social friends, the group of people you hang out with outside of school. They can be casual or they can be deep. They are there to have a good time. To avoid loneliness. And even if you donít care as much for some of them, experiencing new things with a group is always stimulating.

There are good friends, the people that you can rely on, the people who will listen. They have peeled your layers down close to the core. But sometimes, good friends might try, but wonít understand. You go deeper, but it stops. Itís not anyoneís fault. Like love, sometimes, things are just innate.

Then there are best friends, lifetime friends, the friends you truly love. Because love is a strong word. Because to love a friend is to care about her just as much as you do yourself, and thatís lifeís hardest thing.

Best friends are the people you want to travel the world with. You want to see them grow at different stages of life. And unlike other friends, they see the core, and the layers, and the binding of the layers, and accept it all.

They donít judge, but listen. They donít analyze, but understand. They will put everything down when you need them the most; they will come over just so you have a shoulder to cry on.

These are the friends that matter the most. You can give up all the others just for one. Because a best friend operates on all the layers. Because finding one is all anybody could hope for.

You can show your vulnerability, your lies, your tears, your self-deceits, and they will listen and share the same. Best friends are the ones you let read your old diaries. The ones with a single glance, understand exactly how you feel.

Intimacy is a scary thing. Vulnerability, honesty, the same. But with a best friend, sharing is comfort. Weakness is human.

Friendship is like love. It takes two people, a connection, and complete honesty.

To my best friend.

Thank you.

Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star. She is a student in FBISD.

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