As I pack up the part of the apartment that isn't mine, I reflect on the day I've had. A friend invited me to go backpacking in the Tetons, I almost finished updating my cute little truck, I have delicious home brewed beer to sip, the guy I loved isn't an asshole, just a realist (granted reality struck a little late in the game), and most importantly (yes today, this is the most important thing), friends invited me to dinner. We all cooked and laughed around the table. Two Americans, a Brazilian, and two lovely people from Kosovo sat down to break bread. We talked about politics, family, global wars, discussed trips we've been on, and talked about our futures, because life keeps happening. Every single day! A fact that has eluded me as of late.
We are work partners, classmates, each others' sounding board for those wacky ideas after one too many beers, and most importantly a port in the storm. While I may be processing my personal life online, for all to see, I know it's my friends who will read it and draw out the conversation later. They wait for the quiet moment and pounce, they even throw in a "Well, it's time to buck the f*ck up). Which is usually necessary in times of wallowing. As Jane Austin said "Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love." Right on lady!
The friends we make in this life are the most important investment we will make in ourselves and in creating a better society. If not for friends, there would be no one to call at all hours, no one to share your family stories with, no one to call you on something when you get a little too high on that soapbox, and no one to scrape you off the floor (however you managed to get down there). Most importantly, there would be much less compassion, less forgiveness, and no fun in general. (I can only hang out with a corgi and my truck for so long :) These are all things I've learned from the very important people in my life.
Different sunsets for different people. Getting excited to follow a different one for now and make some new friends along the way.