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Loyalty is a beautiful thing because it induces being faithful, supportive, aligned to someone or something. True loyalty in itself cannot be broken or shaken in a time or moment of fear. It is built up over time through respect, honesty, and trust. It cannot be broken, be forced or be bought. In my generation, loyalty is not held to as important of a value as it should be. For example, On December 1, 2016 my best friend passed away. My friends at school and other classmates were there for me and supported me through the grieving process by supporting me  and literally giving me their shoulders to cry on. I have never in my life dealt with something so frustrating or heartbreaking, but I am and will always be grateful to everyone who was there for me. Those who just smiled at me, because they showed me greater loyalty by just supporting me and letting me confide in them about my emotions. This is something I have never experienced from anyone. Loyalty to a friendship is much more than just not telling your friend’s secret, it takes someone to be strong for their friend when they need you to be there for them and being supportive of them as well. Loyalty is also standing firm in ones morals, principles and/or beliefs. For example, if you are at a party surrounded by those who are urging you to consume alcohol or smoke recreational drugs, you should not give into peer pressure, you need to stay loyal to your morals.

To be truly loyal to someone or something is not possible if one cannot have loyalty to themselves; staying true to one’s own conscience and principles is easy until faced with someone who does not share the same principles. In such cases, popular opinion should not influence a person’s way of thinking, believing, or doubting because at the end of the day loyalty toward truth must come before anything else.

-Makda

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