Last year, I was persuaded into writing a conference report. At the time, all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and let the world move on without me. 

It was initially presented as a choice. Just come for the conference. If you want, write some articles about it. 

I said, okay because even though it felt like my life was falling apart, I was still curious.

And then a day later, just send me a quotation for a report. I sent over a quotation. 

I ended up covering the conference. And it opened so many doors for me. 

“Friends give you what you need, not what you want,” said the person who nudged me into this. He’d known the state I was in and yet, had expected more from me. 

I’ve realised that this is what true friends do. They don’t just cushion your falls. They make sure you have your chute on, then push you to the doorway of the airplane and ask you to jump. 

They listen to you sobbing over the phone then tell you that yes, you’re not in a great place right now but get up and move forward

They tell you that you will survive. They say you must succeed. They ask you to tell your story. 

True friends challenge you to be better than you are. 

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