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khaosinkinema in Aachen is doing 40 things including…

find a best friend

3 cheers


khaosinkinema has written 2 entries about this goal

find a best friend - part 2

I will mark this as DONE now.

The reason for this is that I really think that places do not matter as much as I thought they did, and that is a very good observation I have made. I have gone through some really bad and some really good times and most of my current friends have witnessed this, yet stayed with me and tried to help me, listened to me (or at least read what I had to say), and you may call me “poor” now because all of them live quite far away now (I moved to another place recently), BUT … I don’t think of myself as a poor person.

In fact, I am utterly grateful for the friends I have and many of them really deserve the title “best friend”. That’s more than I actually asked for. I got to meet some new people recently, too, and they are so kind and intelligent and full of great ideas and wonderful in any kind of way … And I just want to say at this point :

I am lucky, and I should not give up on that just because I could meet up with somebody on a regular basis. :) Is this really so important after all? I don’t think so!!

I can open up, and I don’t get judged. I am not left then. I just think this is the best feeling in the world, and I wish everybody that they find somebody they feel about this way, too – no matter what the distance, no matter what the “differences” between you and your best friend(s).

Sending love to you all!

find a best friend - part 1

Since that special person might turn up in any place, I am going to write about it here, too :).

I lost my ex-best friend several years ago, for some really stupid reasons, and I am quite sure I wasn’t told the entire truth, so I have nothing to warn you about right now, sorry.

I do have some really good friends, but all of them live so far away from my actual hometown, and I’d just want to have a friend who happens to live here in Cologne, or probably a town close to it, whom I could meet up with sometimes, and just enjoy life with him or her.

I already wrote down the criteria I am looking for somewhere else, so I will post it here, too, in a shortened version :

I don’t care about the following : age, gender, heritage, whether gay, bi, straight, whatever, religious views, whether he/she belongs to the goth/visual-kei scene or not. The only thing I ask for is tolerance, and that the person who wants to be friends with me doesn’t force me into his/her religion and so on.

Some of my major interests include esoteric, the paranormal, traveling, foreign languages, and being creative. I think that all these things are equally important to me. I also enjoy listening to music a lot.

As for the type of person I am looking for, please have a kind heart, be tolerant, be open-minded, live instead of exist, be yourself, and please don’t make fun of me. I have been at points in my life where I was “friends” with people who did and it wasn’t nice. Be honest, don’t be shy to show your soul, and be creative. :) And if you liked music a lot, this would be great, too.

Maybe I don’t care that much about similar interests, but I’d like to ask for somebody who doesn’t think I am stupid or annoying or boring or whatever because of them. :)

That’s about that.

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