My faith was re-energized after I attended a Catholic conference in Dallas in January 2017. The five-day conference highlighted the need to put Christ first no matter what else is going on. With college comes a lot of responsibilities and commitments, but without my relationship with Christ, I would have nothing. The relationship enriches my life by providing mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love.
The conference made me reevaluate my friendships. Since coming to Washburn I’ve established a diverse group of friends. These people, while fun to be around, bring out bad habits and make me a person I don’t like – someone who curses, drinks too much and gossips. Catholicism promotes a healthy view on friendship: surround yourself with people who share your morals and encourage you to be better because those are the people who will bring out the best in you.
“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who would never take advantage of you. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”
There are several avenues to meet people like me. I recently started attending a Catholic Church in Topeka. I made a couple friends and learned about a young adult group just by attending an event after Mass. This group is sure to offer more opportunities to meet people my own age. I’m glad to be back on the path of choosing upbeat, Christ-loving people to be my friends.