It is a amazing just how much I get caught up in everyday things- work, family, and all the other stuff that just takes up parts of my life that I lose sight of staying in touch with my old friends. The reason that I am musing about this is that over the weekend my best friend from college who later become my brother-in-law was in town as his wife was having a baby shower. To help pass the time as he waited for his wife to unwrap gifts, he, a couple of other guys, his dad, and myself all went out for pizza and got to sit around and talk for a few hours. Though it was nothing really exciting or adventurous it was a wonderful time just getting a chance to catch up with everybody. It was a lot of fun to sit around and not have to worry about work or family obligations and just laugh and joke around.
I do not know if it is just a guy thing, if all people do it, or maybe it is just me, but I know that I am particularly horrible about keeping in touch with people. I do not know if that stems from my childhood, and the fact I moved schools right as I was about to start middle school and lost touch with all of my childhood friends. Maybe it is the fact that when I left high school I went to college for a year in the same state and then moved to another state to finish my college career. Now that I have been out of college for some years now the only way I keep in touch with some of my college friends is through a fantasy football league. A league, where every year we promise each other that we will communicate more through it, which never happens. So each step along the way I have moved on and let go of past friendships so this past weekend was really nice to talk about the “good old days” and realize that at least for the people around the table eating pizza that day that life right now is still pretty darn good.
One thing that this weekend showed me was that there needs to be a time to get together with friends and just relax and talk. In a world where everything seems to be going a mile a minute there needs to be time to sit down with family or friends and just hang out. I know I always think that I am too busy or when I am not busy that I just want to sit and relax at home and shut out the outside world, but getting to hang out with old friends and finding out how they were doing was way better for me then just sitting at home on the couch watching the game. There is true power in friendship so get out there talk to an old friend or a family member you have not seen in a long time I bet it will make you feel better, and I am sure it will make them feel better too.
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