Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Chatterbox November '06

Dear Friend: I think you’re great and I like you!

This is the unedited version of my column. The version that was published had to be cut down for space.

I usually get asked, “So where do your column ideas come from?” Most of the time, idea’s pop into my mind at the most random of times, sometimes just before I fall asleep to while I’m eating my breakfast in the mornings.

My idea for this month’s column came to me as I spent an evening with two friends – Himesh and Nikhil. We met at university and because the three of us studied in different faculties, we didn’t see each other as often as I would have liked.

However, it is only since this year that I can honestly say I have gotten to know them. Both from Zimbabwe, Himesh and Nikhil are cousins and although I met them separately, it’s pretty hard to think of one without the other.

They say opposites attract. The words could not ring more true when it comes to these two guys. Himesh studied Pharmacy, Nikhil studied Information Systems and I studied Journalism. So our paths rarely crossed, unless we made a conjoint effort to meet.

Journalism is a field that requires 200% dedication and commitment, so during my years of studying, the majority of my time was spent with my peers. Therefore, the socializing I did was minimal and usually confined to the people I studied with. During my fourth year, I felt bored and un-stimulated. I longed for fresh conversations and challenges. More importantly, I wanted to gain new perspectives on things, and I found it hard to do that being with the same people everyday, all day.

So spending time with these two friends was like a breath of fresh air for me. It was almost as if it was “just what the doctor ordered.”

One day, while reflecting on my life and the people in it, I thought to myself, “Why don’t we tell people that we like them?” Then I thought – perhaps they’d get the wrong idea? Maybe when I say that I “like” them, it will be misinterpreted as me having feelings for them.

But I have some fantastic people in my life that I would like to say, “You know what? I think you’re great and I really like you!” Many of us are used to saying such things in greeting cards, letters, e-mails or SMS’s, but how often do we say it verbally? I would say – almost never. It’s one thing telling our family we love them, but I wish more people told their friends that they liked them. I think it’s so important to make people realize their worth and value – and what better way to do it, than by actually telling them that?

So one evening that I was with these two great guys, I told them that I thought they were really awesome and that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them! Much to my relief, they didn’t go running for the hills, thinking I had developed feelings for them overnight! Rather, they accepted the compliment and thanked me for it.

I wish I could mention every single friend of mine in this column and tell them all that I think they are superb. But this month, I have decided to dedicate my column to these two friends who are not only caring and considerate, but are great company to be in. I’m so glad to have met them, and I know that where ever life takes us, we will somehow find a way to keep in touch with each other!

13 comments:

southpaw said...

Amen!!!

Ting said...

real good friends wont think u have those kinds of feelings for them if u tell them u like them. they should know u better than to think that way! i always express myself to my friends, so they always know how i feel about them :)

Mayank said...

solidarity among friends in a sea of ... well, strangers. ;)

Sheetal said...

southpaw
:) :) :)

ting
I hear what you're saying, but I think we just take it for granted that our friends know how we feel about them. Why wait till it's too late to express how we feel about them? I think it's great that you tell your friends how you feel about them :>

mayank
:) Good to hear from you!

dharmu said...

landed here from your link in my world, pretty impressive blog.

krystyna said...

Hi Sheetal!
I like your post, your writings, and I like you. You are a great woman!

Today's post has very needful quastion:
"Why don't we tell people that we like them?"
"Why wait till it's too late to expres how we feel about them?".
Life is a really short time.
Don't wait it! Just say!
Thanks a lot for this post!

Blessings to you!

mojindro said...

hi sheetal...
its great to read ur post..
many few have the previledge to get the company of good frens..
may god bless you with that..

Di said...

i just loved ur template!its awesome.. :) and yeah we dont always tell people how much they mean to us...great to know u did... :)

Noushad said...

Hi sheetal,
Nice blog.

Deepak Gopi said...

Hi Sheetal;
I am a post graduate in
Mass comm & Jsm.
200% commitment no way.So I havent worked as a journalist.
God Day.:)

Sheetal said...

dharmu
Hi :) Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again...

krystyna
Thank you so much for your lovely message... :)

mojindro
Hi! Thanks for visiting & I'm glad you enjoyed my post :)

di
Hi - thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit :)

noushad
Hi...Thank you :)

deepak gopi
Thanks for dropping by again! Didn't know you were into the Journ field...

Mich said...

Wishing you all the best for exams - sheets :) hope all goes well. luv lots

Sheetal said...

mich
Thanks so much! I have been trying to get hold of you, but the cellphone networks are down!

Will chat soon
x

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