A journey to remember

Somehow I Know, I Have the Greatest Friends on Earth

Posted on: June 14, 2017

Ceritanya hari ini gue sakit (lagi). Berawal dari flu, pagi ini kepala gue rasanya sakit banget. Gue sahur hanya seadanya, kembali tidur, dan saat bangun, kepala gue malah terasa lebih sakit dibanding sebelumnya. Mau minum paracetamol tapi sudah lewat waktu sahur. Jadilah gue ijin sakit untuk hari ini dan hanya berbaring lemas di atas tempat tidur.

Sekitar jam 3 sore, gue mulai bosan. Iseng-iseng gue Whatsapp sahabat gue di kantor sebelumnya. Gue bilang gue bosan karena hanya istirahat seharian di kosan saja. Teman gue ini lalu bilang begini, “Gue ke kosanlo deh. Gue bawain dokter sekalian, hehe.”

Awalnya gue kira dia cuma bercanda, tapi benar saja, sore menjelang buka puasa, teman gue ini muncul di depan kosan. Dia lalu menyodorkan sesuatu dari dalam ras ranselnya, “Ini gue bawain dokter kesukaanlo.”

Tahu apa yang dia bawa? DVD Grey’s Anatomy season 13! Teman gue ini emang tahu banget kalo gue penggemar berat Grey’s Anatomy sejak serial ini baru mulai tayang bertahun-tahun yang lalu. Senang rasanya punya teman yang sangat thoughtful seperti dia!

Hal ini mengingatkan gue dengan acara bukber dengan sahabat-sahabat dari bangku SMA hari Minggu yang lalu. We’ve been friends for sixteen years! It’s amazing, isn’t it?

Gue dan gank gue saat SMA itu punya kepribadian yang sangat bertolak belakang. Satu orang yang sangat humoris, satu orang yang sangat tomboy, satu orang yang sangat pendiam, satu orang yang sangat cerewet, ditambah dengan gue, si judes yang gila kerja, hehehehe. 

Gue dan keempat orang itu udah melewati banyak hal selama enam belas tahun belakangan. Ada up and down, ada jarak dan kesibukan yang memisahkan, tapi gue bersyukur, sangat-sangat bersyukur, gue dan mereka masih saling meluangkan waktu untuk sekedar bertukar kabar. I really can’t wait for our next trip to Bali September this year!

Selain mereka berlima, masih ada lagi sahabat yang sudah gue kenal dari bangku SMP. Dari bangku kuliah. Dan dari kantor pertama gue juga. Gue senang di mana pun gue berada, selalu ada sahabat baik yang menemani perjalanan hidup gue. 

I don’t have a thousand friends, but I do have a couple of the GREATEST friends on earth. And I cannot ask for more.


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