With Friends Like Those| The One with Olabimpe Shode

Inspired by the Shanquella Robinson Story: Episode 35 (2022)

Mo' Lanee Sibyl, DPh, PhD

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Friendships have red flags too. They are not just for relationships. We can apply red flags in various aspects of our lives. — Olabimpe (2022)

For this week’s episode, My good friend Olabimpe and I speak about friendship.

As life is, there are highs, and there are lows. That’s how we begin the episode. We share our highs (roses) and lows (thorns) of the week. Let us know how your week has been so far; we love interacting with you.

So, about friendship. Our conversation today is inspired by the ongoing investigation into a 25-year-old woman (Shanquella Robinson) who was allegedly murdered while on vacation in Mexico. It is rumored that the friends she was on vacation with did it or may have something to do with this. Shocking right? The times we are living in. I asked about her first reactions upon hearing about this sad development, and Olabimpe’s reaction was anger. Mine was torn. The news brought me to tears.

This then brings about the question or rather conversation about friendship. Some videos circulating on social media hint about the incident being premeditated. Again, an official statement has yet to be passed. These are facts we have gathered off the internet. If there’s one thing for sure, we must be careful with the people around us. Because whatever transpired amongst this group of friends does not warrant the taking away of life, much less a friend.

We need to assess the friends we keep. Olabimpe shared her first experience of friendship when she moved to the US. Because of envy and dishonesty, someone she thought would be a friend turned out not to be one. I have had my share of friendships that turned out not to be. And sometimes, it is because of the expectations that we do or do not set. We speak on the importance of not keeping company that you are…

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Mo' Lanee Sibyl, DPh, PhD

I'm ME: replete with the mien of a bard, scholar, Argonaut, Jesus-lover, funfinder, bibliophile, Koreanophile, partner, and wanderer! Podcaster:www.mosibyl.com