Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Friends

My friends are the ones:

1.I still keep in touch with since age seven (Standard 1 of primary school)
2.I still keep in touch with since age 13 (Form 1 of Secondary school)
3.I rarely keep in touch with since age 18 (Form 6 i.e. pre-university)
4.I became close to while at university, some still in touch, some drifting apart
5.I got to know in my working life in various companies, some out of touch, some no longer in touch, some still in touch especially via email
6.I unexpectedly found since I became a stay- and work-at-home mum

Some we meet again along the way, some we part temporarily or for good,
Some we meet again after parting a long time and it still feels like we met only yesterday,
Some we meet again and don't know what to say because we have changed,
Some we meet again along the way but we pretend not to see or know each other,
Some we could have spoken to but prefer to keep to ourselves or at best, share with or learn about from other mutual friends,
Some we just exchange smiles or hugs with and that's enough,
With all of these, some are precious enough to keep for life, some are unfortunately not...

I've discovered the degree of closeness with these groups of friends shifts from time to time. That's because we all travel on journeys unique only to ourselves, our own lives. How we view and judge situations and people is from our perspective, based on what we experience at any point of our lives. Everything is relative.

When I was 11 (Standard 5), I remember participating in an inter-school choral recitation competition. My three classmates and I recited this (it is actually a song titled "The World is a Circle"):

The World is a Circle without a beginning,
and nobody knows where it really ends.
Everything depends on where you
are in the cirle that never begins.
Nobody knows where the circle ends.

And just because you think you're small,
that doesn't mean that you're small at all.
And just the way a tiny branch is like a tree to a twig,
to someone else you are big.

The World is a Circle without a beginning,
and nobody knows where it really ends.
Everything depends on where you
are in the cirle that's spinning around.
Half of the time we are upside down.

And just because they say you're weak,
that doesn't mean you've a weak physique.
And even if they're partly right,
at least they're partially wrong.
To someone else you are strong.

And just because they say you're slow,
that doesn't mean that you're slow, you know.
And even if you're never first,
compared to someone who's last,
they're sure to think you are fast.

The World is a Circle without a beginning,
and nobody knows where it really ends.
Everything depends on where you
are in the cirle that never begins.
Nobody knows where the circle ends.

The World is a Circle that never begins.
Nobody knows where the circle ends.


By the way, we won the first prize with that. Ann Marie, do you remember? We did it with Chua Li Suan and Kamaruzah.

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