Be Bangle- You Are My People
You are my people - the perfect bangle for your best friends, the one who'd help you bury a body, dance the night away, and be a shoulder to cry on.
When did you realise you found your people?
For me, it was 5 years ago. It was 3am. It was in London on a study tour. It was our last night together and we went out to a pub to celebrate. Within two weeks, people I had barely known were now the best people in my life. They became my people.
I went on this study tour on the back of a break up that left me broke, broken and without a sense of identity. I'd been with this person since high school and shaped myself around them to fit. I didn't really have any friends that weren't his friends.
So to find myself in a group of people who liked the things I liked (history, old buildings and Shakespeare - it was a Shakespeare tour), and who happily offered a shoulder on the hard days, even when they didn't really know me that well. It was freeing. For the first time in a long time, I felt myself turning into the person I actually wanted to be, and not being shaped by someone else's desires and needs.
On our final night, we had so much fun dancing and celebrating that we forgot that buses had a closing time. All 20 of us rushed to the nearest bus stop, still dancing and singing. In less than 24 hours, we'd each go to separate parts of the world, and maybe never see each other again. But at that moment, it didn't matter. We'd each been changed by our experiences and friendship over the past two weeks. We'd laughed together, cried together, drank too much cider together, and made memories that would last a lifetime.
These people will forever be my people, no matter the distance or time that separates us.