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What is a friend?

Really though. Have you ever wondered? What does an actual friend look like? 

Yes yes, I know all the definitions. A friend is there when others are not. A friend will only get in your way if you're going down not up. A friend is etc etc etc. 

I've heard and read all the definitions. 

Well... Now I know. I know what a friend looks like. It looks like Nicky. 

Last weekend I got sick. With no explanation. Out of the blue I got really sick. It was scared. Actually I was terrified. I was panicked. And I was embarrassed. 

But Nicky was there. A solid absolute sense of warmth and safety. 

CS Lewis said something once about friendship being unnecessary. Something about it not being necessary for survival. 

I found the quote...
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." ~C.S. Lewis

I probably WOULD have agreed with that. But I don't now. 

Friendship, when it is in it's purest form, is necessary. It is vital. 

One more thing... You'll love this...

Even when I was drugged up in the hospital and expecting to stay the night ... Nicky popped out to get our race packs for the half marathon the next day. 

Just in case. 

We ran. Our 7th half marathon. And we set a new PB. Our slowest half ever. 

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My body ... I'm so sorry. 
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Read this if you're about to give up...

If you are struggling to stay on track know this... You are so close. So close to success. So close. You just can't see it. That's why it feels so far away.
If I told you that I could see it and it looks amazing and it was just around that corner you would keep going. You wouldn't stop.

I know you can't see it ... But it's so close. Don't give up now.

It really is just around the corner.

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