During my days in college, I had two interesting friends who everyone thought were married. Nii Tetteh and Adukwei were so close that one would have mistaken them for a couple. It turned out, they were “just friends”.
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From my days as a fresher through to a sophomore till my graduation, I always saw them close – reading together, eating together, and going home together. Indeed, they were the perfect definition of who best friends are.
Years after I had graduated from college, I chanced upon Adukwei at a Business Conference in the United States. She was married, at least the sparkling jewelry on her left ring finger said it all. She made me out during the breakout sessions and we caught up on time since our graduation.
“How is Nii Tetteh, finally you two married?,” she chuckled, denouncing every expectation I had. “Nothing really happened between us. We were just close friends. He’s married now and so am I,” Adukwei bragged as she brandished her ring finger at me.
As we chattered away our breakout session, I realized how many of us had confused being “best friends” to being in a relationship. Sadly, most of us have ruined our friendships with our best friends maybe because we fell in love with them and they did not.
It will amaze you to know that a best friend could know so much about than your romantic partner could ever have. They are the advanced version of biological brothers or sisters.
This is not to say that you can never date or marry a best friend, this is to say that you can’t mistake your having a best friend to having a lover. Once you get this, you save yourself the embarrassment and disappointment of falling in romantic love with someone who considers you a biological brother or sister.
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