This post is dedicated to one of the most important people in my life but of course, everyone is welcome to read, especially if you know us in person and are curious as to how two humans can be so synchronised and inseparable. She’s been in my life for about four years now and honestly, I might cease to exist as a human if it wasn’t for her. Once in a blue moon you’ll stumble upon someone who makes you a better person than you ever thought you could be and I can’t stress enough how important is to hold on tight to them.
Before all of you get a little confused and think I’m dating this girl because often that is what people think, although I may as well, I’m not. Her name is Karin, or as I call her, Karan, and she is my best friend, even though that’s one of the biggest understatements. Often I refer to her as my “otc” because she’s just ‘off the charts’. I came up with the name because although I have many best friends who I love, Karin goes beyond that; she’s off the charts on the best friend scale.
Enough of the sappy talk, it’s story-time with Chan again! So Karin and I met in class in 2012, Year 10, and we would sit together in Maths because of a mutual friend and soon we became friends. Like most teenagers, we were once extremely cringey (and who are we kidding, we still are) and if you’re skeptical about the extremity of it, just look at our first Facebook message.
In the Maths lessons we had in the computer labs she would show me the One Direction video diaries and we watched ‘One Thing sped up’ on repeat and soon became fangirling buddies with everything. About mid-year we went on school camp and that was when we became close and inside jokes started popping up, like sharing a ‘cigar’ (it was a stick we found on a hike) and then we were then engaged! She soon was part of our group in class and a few weeks later started sitting with us at lunch and we became even better friends.
2013, Year 11, was just as fun with her and we spent a great portion of that year really getting to know each other. We would stay up late at night emailing and telling each other about our lives and our bond grew stronger and stronger. Lunchtimes were also extremely weird and many of our inside jokes and memories stem from them.
We had our first huge fight in August 2013 over something which at the time seemed quite significant and after not speaking for nearly a week – I’m talking full silent treatment – we resolved it and believe it or not, we became closer friends. I knew I could trust her with everything and with jealousy being a major issue for me, I opened up to her about it and we would always talk it through. We talked about it all because having that trust and openness in our friendship was – and is – vital. Karin and I always tell each other if there is something bothering us about one another and the honesty is just unreal.
2014, Year 12, was even better and we made so many memories like our Chemistry pracs with her serenading me, getting ready for formal together, school Sports Days and so many other days where we just enjoyed each other’s presence being whacky.
Many people have this belief that best friends have to be the same in every way but Karin and I couldn’t be more different. She loves action movies, I watch rom coms. She loves English and I love Maths and Sciences. She’s extremely extroverted, I’m more introverted. Despite all these differences, we have one thing in common; we have the same heart and soul and that’s all we need.
Here are some photos from our fourth year, and first year of Uni, together: