For starters, they’re the kind of people who let you get away with stuff that your parents wouldn’t let slide, am I right?
Let me start this by telling a little story…
Michelle and Lauren and I planned to eat dinner one night back in September, but Lauren ended up getting a migraine and couldn’t make it. So, of course Michelle and I handled the news so well- you know, as every dramatic gal would…by crying because we were devastated. Genuinely. But, we decided we’d cheer ourselves up by trying to make Lauren feel better. So after eating our Newks Q’s, we stopped at an unfamiliar gas station, bought some candy, yellow Gatorade (just what the doctor ordered), and some sketchy “headache relief” that I’m really hoping Lauren just admired rather than actually took because we really got it just to be funny.
Here’s where the story gets interesting- we had no idea where Lauren lived. Well, we had an idea, we just didn’t really realize it was as far out as it was and that it was as creepy as it is at night. So, as I am driving, Michelle constructs a story about a birthday party she is having, and texts Lauren to ask for her address so that she can “mail an invite.”
Lauren lives a good 27 minutes from Newks, but y’all, traveling to her house felt like traveling to East Egypt. My best friend, Emma, lives probably 2 minutes from Lauren, and I know how to get to Emma’s house. However, going to Lauren’s, I decided I’d use the GPS. I’m a fan of Waze by the way- it’s a great app, go download it. It avoids traffic which is great because I’m always trying to avoid it- you know, especially in the middle of nowhere Alabama at 9:00 PM.
Long story short, Waze takes us nearly to the toll bridge, then around some dark, windy, eerie, poorly-lit roads all the way to Lauren’s house. It was quite possibly the most scared I’ve ever been, but it’s a funny story to share now. Get this though- we were so scared we wouldn’t even get out of the car at her house. We drove super close to the mailbox, shoved it all in, sent her a text, and sped off. Yeah. I’m still shocked we made out out alive.
I start (yes start, I know, I know, everyone reading this right now is feeling like they do when the pastor says he has one more point before he closes) with this story to say that:
1. Older friends keep secrets like grandparents. You know our parents would have said “No way, Jose” if we had asked to go out to Lauren’s at 9 on a school night on unfamiliar sketchy back roads alone as a sort of new 16-year-old driver, but Lauren never told on us. You see, she’s almost like our grandma! #welovegrandlauren #welovelaurina #welovegrannyren
2. They’ve got wisdom you don’t have. They always seem to have answers don’t they? It’s because they’ve been there. Being friends with someone older than you can be so beneficial because they know more than you!
3. They can share their mistakes with you! This is so good- They’ve already lived the part of life that you’re living, and they’re old enough to look back and see what they did wrong. Most of the time, they don’t hesitate to share those faults with you so that they make sure you don’t do the same!
4. With that being said, they never, never, never want to see you fail. I think this part is so sweet. These older friends of mine go out of their way to help me be successful in life, and in my math class (honestly).
5. They Understand, and can help lift your spirits when you’re feeling low❤️ A few weeks ago, I had an older friend really help calm me down when I was really stressed. And I have another friend who has constantly done that for me since I was in the 7th grade.
6. They’re like a bonus parent sometimes. You know- you don’t want one, but sometimes you need one. They’ll be honest with you about your outfits and set you straight when you’ve done something wrong.
7. You become cooler for hanging out with older people. Because they’re already cooler. Right?
8. They don’t want the drama. They’ve already been there. THIS IS SO GREAT because I hate drama.
9. They’re less judgmental- this allows conversation without judgement because they’re well aware you have more growing to do.
10. They’re a sweet role model and someone for you to always adore and want to be just like.
I love these people (and more)! Thank you, Jesus for older friends!