Friends save lives.

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is honestly what's going on with me right now. It's a constant battle in my head but my best friend is always there to keep me from making myself miserable. I love her so much and she means so much to me. I honestly would be lost without her.

Being 'happy' all of the time is mentally and physically exhausting. Sometimes even when you're the absolute opposite of happy, you feel like you have to put on the mask that you're just happy 24/7. And if for one second you take off your mask so you can just get a couple breaths, someone has to notice and point it out. For some odd reason they've concluded that people are capable of being happy all the time. Never angry, and of course never sad, only pure joy constantly. 

When someone points out that your mask has slightly peeled off, you get embarrassed that they could see it so clearly that you decide to never let it leave your face. Not at school, not at work, and not at home. I often suffocate in this mask. A shower of crying or self pity fills in the cracks of the broken mask for a short period of time. The only time the mask is lifted is when I'm with the people I love. With them I feel invincible. If I had changed masks they would notice. If I had removed it they wouldn't ask.Not even speak a single word because their actions were speaking louder. They lift you up. They lift the mask off your face and help you catch a breath. Sometimes if you can't breath by yourself they even breath for you. You want to jump off a cliff? They won't tell you not to but they'll offer to jump off with you because they wouldn't want to live a day without you. That's love. It doesn't have to be romantic. Whenever someone brings up love everyone jumps to the conclusion that it has to be a boyfriend and girlfriend or husband and wife. But friends are always an afterthought.

And that afterthought saved my life.


Submitted: January 13, 2015

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