BE A CRAPPY FRIEND AND DO DRUGS, CAUSE THEY SUCK
If your friends are always on prescription drugs do you really know them? I recently found out an old friend stopped taking a certain medication. She’s a different person now, but maybe this is who she was all along. I just had no idea. It’s hard to know if you really know someone. Especially when you meet them in college. I met a friend freshman year and we have stayed in touch ever since. We have visited each other in Europe and at our new homes in the States. We have flown to each other’s weddings and birthday parties and have talked on the phone late into the night. But recently she visited me and I found out that she was no longer taking her medication – a medication that helped her focus – and now I don’t know who she is anymore. I feel like a crappy friend.
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MY FRIEND STOPPED HER PRESCRIPTION AND HER PERSONALITY TOTALLY CHANGED
In college she was always a little jittery and a little all over the place. But we would have great conversations about art, culture, the economy. She is so smart and so worldly that it was always easy to find something to connect over. But on this recent trip, she was a completely different person. She couldn’t sit still. She couldn’t make a decision about where to go or what to eat. But she couldn’t do a task without getting distracted along the way. And she does this new thing of wrestling with her boyfriend in public. It was jarring and I couldn’t wait for them to leave. I still feel like a crappy friend.
NOT SURE IF THIS PERSON IS STILL MY FRIEND, BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW HER
But maybe this is the real her. Maybe she was like this all along, I just had no idea because of all the meds she was on at the time. Who am I to tell someone to get back on prescription drugs so they can be my friend again? If she is happy, I want to be happy for her. But I don’t know how to be friends with this person anymore. Because this is a person I don’t really know. She is now a person who can’t have a conversation over a drink or cup of tea. She is now just a bunch of swirling thoughts and emotions I can’t reach. I am going to do my best to get to know the new her. We will see if I succeed.