That’s What Friends Are For

I have an incredible friend, going to call her T, who has been by my side every step of the way throughout all my battles. We were at Prep School together, then went to different schools afterwards, but we’ve always been totally inseparable, even though she now lives in Moscow. She has always been there when I’ve really needed her – be it on the phone, on Whatsapp or in person. There was one time at the beginning of 2015 when I was in a really bad way and couldn’t get to work or make it out of bed, and she had arrived in London the night before for a fleeting visit and the first thing she did in the morning was come straight over to my flat with a bunch of gorgeous bright yellow lillies and sunflowers, dragged my sorry ass out of bed and took me to the local greasy spoon to get some food in me. It’s little things like that which no-one really thinks about that make such a difference. Since then I have thanked her many many times and she always says ‘what are you talking about? I didn’t do anything!!’ What she doesn’t know is that she gave me hope and the support that I needed on that low morning. Sometimes these little things can mean the absolute world to people like myself and stops them from doing something stupid (which I was planning on doing). She does this the whole time, without even knowing it. When she picks up the phone and listens to me rant and rave about something so small (but feels huge) she makes a huge difference to my day. She is always there, even when she has her own problems, no matter what. That, to me, is one of the biggest things that has kept me going through all my difficult times and really shows the power of friendship. One last thing, just after she came and dragged me out of bed to go to breakfast, she sent me a song and told me to listen to it. It’s called Lighthouse by GRL, I had never heard it before but it was incredible. Listening to it was another reassurance that she would always be there by my side through thick and thin. One of the bandmates in GRL battled with depression and sadly succumbed to the disease and took her life and this song was written from her bandmates as a dedication to her. So to all other sufferers, here is the song and please remember, you are not on your own – we are all in this together. And to T, you are amazing, you have helped me change my life, you are the bestest friend I could ever ask for and I will do my best this year to be less self-centred and be there for you as much as you are for me. I love you to pieces and I don’t know what I would do without you.


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