Quality Friends

The qualities of a good friendship are sometimes hard to pin down. Sure, we can agree on some basics: loyalty, listening, and whatnot. However, one of the things that I think makes a good friendship a great friendship is the ability to find new ways to have fun. In that vein, Matt and I are working on a new podcast! In it, we break down and rebuild movies that we think could have been better. I know it seems like all I talk about is channel stuff but it’s really always on my mind at some level. What I love about this podcast is how much fun it is and more specifically how much fun I’m having with Matt. That’s not to say the rest of the channel isn’t awesome or that Matt and I can’t have a good time together. This podcast has struck a chord with me that I think I’ve been missing for some time .

Matt and I have known each other longer than we haven’t. For over half of my life I’ve been best friends with Matt. Being that close to someone for so long they are bound to influence you- especially seeing that person daily for half your high school career, your entire time at college, working multiple jobs together, and, oh yeah, living together for at least 3 years.

Matt is my best friend. Starting this podcast has made me really dig into what things make a friendship last and what makes a friendship “the best”. The qualities of a best friend include someone you trust implicitly, someone who is there for you without question, someone who puts up with your lesser qualities because they see the greater whole of you, and lastly, if not most importantly, a best friend is someone you have FUN with! There are just some things only you and your bestie can do together that make them the some of the best times you’ll ever have.

One thing Matt and I have always found ourselves bonding over is movies. We both have always loved movies for as long as we’ve been friends but as of late I’ve been kind of waning on the movie scene. I find myself less and less excited to see new movies or even watch old ones. TV is great, I love reading but seeing a new movie has left me feeling kind of “meh” as of late. That is until we came up with this new podcast.

One of the things Matt and I have the most fun doing is talking about movies. Not just, “Hey I saw this movie,” but what we liked, didn’t like, what we think should have happened or we wanted to happen. It’s a blast for us even if everyone else in the car on the way home from the theater may be thinking of hitting the ejector seat. Since I moved away from St. Louis almost seven years ago, it hasn’t been as convenient for us to just shoot the breeze when it comes to movies; we spend most of our time catching up and then working on the channel (which ironically gives us an excuse to talk more).

So I’m excited that we’ve now made an excuse for us to continue doing one of the things that has always been the most fun to do with my best friend. Instead of giving you the usual ‘call to action’ of leaving comments below, I encourage you to reach out to one of your best friends instead. Maybe someone you’re just not talking to as much. You don’t have to start a podcast with them but definitely make the extra effort to schedule something that back in the day was something you use to do together. I suspect you’ll be glad you did.

And if you’re looking for something to do together with your bestie you can listen to our new podcast “Matt & Tony: Movie Fixers.” Our first episode launches May 7. See what I did there? Always about the channel 😛

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