“Isipin mo na lang best friend mo ko. ” This is the text message I received from her which started it all. These words gave me the privilege to call Mikee “bes” and have her as my one and true best friend. Best friends are the best when it comes to being an inspiration for improving oneself for the better. This is what Mikee made me realize. Although we’ve just been best friends for quite a short time, she already influenced me with her unique attitudes and characteristics. She’s one of the main reasons of what I am now and possibly, if our friendship goes on, what I’ll be in the future.
Our small friendship started when she became my partner in our school’s Seniors Promenade. She’s the perfect partner for me since she is just my neighbor and I knew her somehow from my childhood years. Since I’m part of the cotillion, it was during the Christmas break when the dance practices started. I thought it’s my job to entertain her during the practices so I had a really hard time thinking of what possible topics to talk about. But during the first day of practice, I realized that all my efforts of thinking were wasted as she immediately made friends with other girls whom she met for the first time.
I find her quite weird for saying “Hi” and “Hello” to each people she met during the practice. It might be because I’m the total opposite of her. I’m the usual introvert boy who don’t want to interact with other people so much. But as I stared at her during those dancing days and saw her happily surrounded with friends, I began to admire her and ask myself if I had the guts to imitate that kind of personality. The practice days were done and the night of the prom came. I can say that our practices paid off because we were able to dance the cotillion with only a few mistakes.
Then the open- stage dance part came and all of the people gathered in the center and danced. I was quite sure of myself that I would spend almost all of the night sitting in a chair. But I forgot that I’m with a very cheerful person and as the MC announced that the stage was open for dancing, my partner said, “Tara! Sayaw tayo! ” At first, I refused her offer but her convincing powers overcame my refusal. And so we danced. As I do some slight body movements and tried to catch her body’s rhythm, my eyes suddenly caught her face. She was very happy.
My mind suddenly playbacks pictures of her being surrounded with her newly made friends during our cotillion practices. I then began to be inspired by her cheerful aura and sociable attitude that from slight body movements, I began to feel light and started dancing like a normal party person. Since it my first time to dance like that, it felt awkward but I really had so much fun. I imitated every dance step she made and we laugh the whole evening. When the prom was finished and we’re walking out of the school, I silently said “thanks”.
She replied back a welcome smile, maybe thinking it’s just a thanks for being my partner for the prom. But actually, that “thanks” is meant for two things: yes, one is for being my partner and the other is for being an inspiration and trying to change the timid part of my personality. From that night, I promised to be like her and be as sociable as possible. Days after the prom, our friendship deepened and I became her best friend. Because of this, I was able to know her more. I found out that she was a very optimistic person. Again, I was the villain because I’m a pessimistic one.
But this has changed because of her. When I shared to her that I’ll be having a test or an exam, I told her that I’m nervous, scared, and my common two –word line, “Babagsak ako. ” But her answer to all of my worries was also just two words, “Think Positive. ” I got used to this advice and I always repeat it in my head whenever I’m being nervous for an upcoming exam. The results often turned out to be good. So until now, I’m following the two- word motto of my best friend and evidently, I’m becoming an optimistic person just like her.
Another inspiring thing about her is her leadership attitude. She’s responsible, hardworking, and serves as paragon to others. This is very evident in all of her activities in our community and her school. Again, I contradict her with me being just a member in everything. I always don’t believe that I have what it takes to be a leader. But after observing my best friend everyday doing her leadership thing in her every organization, I stood up from being just a set of hands and tried my best to be the head.
As a result, I became the president of the altar servers in our community. Up until now, my best friend continues to be the biggest inspiration that always pulls me up. Her extreme cheerfulness, sociable attitude, optimism, and leadership skills inspire me to be a person just like her. Maybe I’m the luckiest guy in the world for having her as a best friend. I always thank God for giving me such a wonderful friend. I always hope that this luck of mine will last forever.