I don’t cry because we’ve been separated by distance, and for a matter of years. Why? Because for as long as we share the same sky and breathe the same air, we’re still together because these are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.
You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks. But once the ice is broken, there are few things that have such a huge impact on happiness and the enjoyment, depth and plain fun of life as friendships have.
I can only seem to see myself as extremely lucky to have been part of the Bridging Gaps experience. We often get so caught up in our own little space that we tend to forget that the world is so much bigger than what one is exposed to within the borders of your hometown. But, through the help of this Youth Exchange I’ve had the privilege to not only share memories but create a bond that extends beyond our borders, friendships that know no boundaries. Through the activities we’ve learned to trust in each other in our weakest state, help each other in times of need, not that everything was on a hectic level though. Among the serious moments we’ve also shared a lot of laughter, laughter that can be reminisced about though we aren’t together.
There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.
Through Bridging Gaps I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. There is no distance too far between friends, for friendship gives wings to the heart. A friend allows you distance, but is never far away and as they always say, Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Hi, my name is Rethagan Scheepers but many know me as Thagie. I am an 18-year-old female that enjoys discovering all the new things life has to bring. I enjoy meeting new people and will also be found reading a lot in my free time because as Margaret Fuller so beautifully said “ Today a reader, tomorrow a leader“

Friendships without borders by Rethagan

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