What Could You Spend 30 Minutes Talking About?

Nov 16, 2022Emily Bedwell

Community. Friendship. Knowing you’re not alone.

There was a meme going around the social internet a few months ago asking, “what is something you could give a 30-minute talk on without any preparation?”

My answer? Friendship. There is nothing more precious in this world to me than knowing I have a community of people around me who will fight with me and fight for me. Friendship isn’t just about having someone to hang out with, or even shared interests. It’s about being willing to risk being truly seen—and to truly see people as they are. It’s about holding people up, yes. But it’s also about holding people accountable. It’s about surrounding yourself with people who will challenge you to be the best version of you. It’s about having people in your life who will, as one of my favorite quotes on friendship says, know the song in your heart and sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. Friendship takes work. They take sacrifice and they take time. They require a part of us. And they are always, always, worth it.

- Emily