We have friends in shape of different relations.

Considering many reasons we may say that our best friends usually are our own parents and our teachers. At any stage, I have found my father to be my best friend. I know that many people do not agree with such a statement. They tell us that parents are oppressive, ruling and self-willed. We are told that parents are interested in their own ideas of what their children should be. In other words, they do not understand the aspiration and tastes of their children. No doubt there are some parents of this type. They usually impose their will upon their children. They wish them to take up this line or that. They wish them to do this or that. They also wish them to marry this person or that. But such parents are few. It is often seen that parents intend well and wish well for their children. Nothing gives greater delight to parents then to see their children prosper and be happy in life.

I have found in my parents and teachers my very best friends. The former have given me, my very life and the latter have made it worth living. For, it is not enough to exist. Animals and plants do that. They exist multiply and finally exit. They leave no trace behind, except their seeds and young ones. These continue to exist as their parents did. They repeat what they did. There is thus no purpose in their existence. Man alone among creatures does more then exists; he lives and shapes his life to some ideals. It is in shaping our lives that we find the worth of friends. I therefore define a friend as one who helps to shape my life better. Judged by this definition. I find that my parents and teachers have been to me most helpful.

In a sense, I regard my teachers as even more important than my parents. I mean no disrespect to my parents when I say this. What I do mean is this; my teachers have made my life good and beautiful. They have taught me to read and appreciate great and good thoughts. By following their advice I have begun to see more beauty and goodness in life. I have thus learnt to respect life and to take more interest in it. If I were not so guided, I am afraid that I might have remained dull and dumb to all that is good and fair in life. To learn to live in this way is, I think the greatest service that a teacher can do to pupils. I am therefore deeply grateful to my teachers who have thus become my best friends. To tell the truth, they are my spiritual parents. I am born a new to the beauty and goodness life with the help of my teachers and parents also.

So I can say that my best friends are my parents and teachers because they are the persons who make me a good human being. I would have remained at the level of the animal eating and multiplying. If I were not taught those values which make us man. Therefore, I regard my parents and teachers as my very best friends.       

By Rehana khan(111/10)


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