Sunday, 27 October 2013


People refer to one another as BFF's (Best Friends Forever) all the time but how often do they actually mean it? Or maybe I ought to rephrase that because I'm pretty sure most people mean it at the time of saying it, but how often does the friendship actually last forever? Friendships move in waves and cycles. BFF's come and go and occasionally come back again but (almost) never does one person stay your best friend forever (by which we can take to mean the rest of your or their lives).

That's why I would like to introduce you to a new acronym: BFFN - Best Friends For Now! Much more accurate I'm sure you'll agree? If a little less appropriate. Maybe don't refer to your best friend as your Best Friend For Now to their face. They might not be all that happy about it?

I don't have to worry about that too much at the moment. My current BFFN is my swimming pool (not literally my swimming pool. I'm very poor! The swimming pool I work and train at.) That makes me sound a bit sad and lonely doesn't it? But do not fear. It's my BFFN simply because it's where I spend the majority of my time. I do also have actual friends but what with work and what not, I don't get to see them as much as my darling swimming pool, who I see at least 5 times a week. I work 5-7 shifts a week - or as many as I can get - as a lifeguard, elongate them by swimming either before or after and when I haven't swam enough times in a given week, I even sometimes visit my beloved pool on my days off. That's dedication for you!

But I don't feel as though I can refer to the pool as my BFF because although I see her 5 times a week at the moment... it can't possibly last! For you see it's already started. I do 1 to 2 cover shifts per week at another swimming pool (where I also swim sometimes). I also currently swim for free (the only perk of the job) but that only lasts for as long as I work for the company and so if I stop - even for a significantly better paid job - that's it, as I will never be able to afford the monthly membership. And although I don't necessarily envisage leaving the company anytime soon. My longest job lasted for 18 months before I got itchy feet and needed to move on. So it really can only be a matter of time before I find a new pool that will capture my heart - or at least be more convenient and better value for money - and become my new BFFN!

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