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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Making Friends Vs Having Friends? Ever Wonder What The Differences Are?

What most people understand by "making friends" is "having friends". Making and having are two different things. And unless we’re able to differentiate, we may not have true friends in our lives yet.

Naturally, I’m an helper. I love helping my parents and guardians too. The very thing I enjoyed most at childhood was helping my mum and Auntie on different occasions. Errands, hawking, cooking and washing summarised my days at the time.

Friends were also the centre point of my assistance. It’s my hobby to help. Most friends mistook this for arrogance. It actually doesn’t matter what they think, what matters is what I think.

What I think is, “the more I try to help people the more likely I help myself or they help me in return” In most cases, they’re not even aware they are helping me too.

Saheed, Lekan, TJ are few of friends I remember, who came back to remind me how much I’d helped them achieve in lives. They’re mates in secondary school. They’re few of the people, who after graduation from the higher institutions, visited me to say ‘Thank you Tolani” for preparing my mind and body for the journey ahead of secondary schools. “You told me I could do it. It’s you!”

For real, these were a few of friends I would visit in secondary school days and encourage we read together. We had to go far from homes, usually to the nearest schools, to read. We returned to our school during the weekends, in order to avoid distractions.

Years later, while some friends couldn’t compete because they’d lost their tracks and derailed, these friends I “made” returned to continue our friendship.

This experience stands to oppose the popular position that, “twenty boys will never play for twenty years”. Ever thought if twenty boys become twenty successful men, then, they can play for more than twenty years?

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