10 Reasons Why We All Need Younger Friends

I am a Gen-Xer. They are millennials. Somehow, friendship blurred the generation gap.

Six months ago, I was new to a job and I found myself in a group of 20-somethings who are wise beyond their years. (Because they took me in as their friend! Ha! Kidding.) There were challenges to the job but it is easy to forget the struggles because I had these friends who always had my back. These friends are more than a decade younger than I am yet their maturity is something I want to turn into a pill so that I can just take a dose of anytime in order to breeze through adulthood effortlessly.  I think it is safe to say that I am keeping these friends and  I think you also need to find your own awesome squad like mine.

Here are the reasons why:

1. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. You know their triumphs and struggles because they know how to express them. They live in authenticity and never apologize for who they are.

2. They will make you feel younger. They radiate youthful exuberance and, like air, you inhale it and  fuel yourself with the energy that comes with it.

3. They see the world in a fresh perspective. I often wonder what I was doing when I was their age. I was just trying to eke through life then. They, on the other hand, have plans for their future while dancing to their own beat.

4. They are your backbones when you lose your own.  You will feel you can do anything when they are always there cheering you on. My voice cracked and my tears were in the brink of rolling down my cheeks out of stage fright when I was asked to give a speech. When the ordeal was over, they were there still cheering me on.

I remember that we traveled 128 kilometers to attend a wake of a colleague’s brother.

5. They love to eat.  And they say that people who love to eat are the best people. Most of our group photos involved eating! They are young so they do not struggle with weight woes.  I feel like I do not have to by association. (Ha! excuses, excuses)  My peers are now in the chapter of their lives where maladies, cholesterol, etc are slowly sprinkled into the conversation.

6. They are driven. They put in the hours when they need to and smiled their way through it.

7. They are multi-talented. Ask them to host an activity, sing, dance or write a last-minute report, they will do it.

8.  They make you feel like you belong to their group. Well, at least until I got carried away and exposed my age. I remember commenting about the time when the airport terminal fee was only Php20 (now it is Php150) during my first plane ride which we immediately realized that they were not even born then.  And there was a time when they had to ask me the name of Brad Pitt’s first wife. They are in the generation along with Selena Gomez, Lee Min Ho, hmm okay Darren Espanto while I belong to… hmm never mind. I should stop. Ha!

9. They are brave. One friend got married in her early 20’s which I think is not very common these days. ( Or is it just me who think so? )

10. They are camera-ready. You won’t forget memories because they are well-documented.  I swiped many of these photos from their social media accounts.  Thanks, Jumegs!

Today marks the 6th month since we became friends.  Happy monthsary!!! Stay strong! Lablab!

What are your plans for 2017?

I have the whole year (and a lifetime) ahead me and I have plans conjured up in mind so it is time to write them down. So far, this is what I am going to do  and I hope I will be about to write updates of my progress.

1. Read more. I have backlogs on reading but since this is not a race, I always take my time. These are 16 books in my list and I hope I will be able to read all of them before the year ends. 

2. Write frequently. I just have to keep on typing for the words to come out. I hope I can be mindful of the surroundings around me and be able to describe them vividly in words. Or, I can just write what is in my head.  I always think regular writing and reading can help me in avoiding Alzheimer’s, dementia and other diseases one day.  I also tried to do visual journaling. My friend, Grace, gave me this travel planner and stickers and I finally got to use them.

3. Do more artThis is what I missed most for the past five months. I painted once or twice and that was it.  Few days ago, my aunt asked me to repair the faded paint on a jar. I squeezed some acrylic paint more that what was needed so I decided to used the excess on a canvas that was meant for a wedding gift for my niece. She has not seen the painting. I do not know if she will like this. But I am happy with the result. This is the first time I painted something abstract. 

4. Do more cooking experiments. Every now and then, I cook the meals in the house like this grilled milkfish I am trying to prepare. There are dishes I wanted to try and I already list them down. I just have to pace them because what I wanted to cook are dishes that are loaded with calories. Yes, crispy pata is on the list.

5.  Make memories.

How about you? What are your plans for this year?

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