There is nothing like catching up with friends to be reminded of just how amazing life really is and how grateful we should be to have those people in our lives. And there is nothing like catching up with childhood friends who you rarely see but when you do it’s like nothing has changed… well except the conversation topics!!
I have spent this past week visiting my parents in the country and as chance would have it, four out of five of us who grew up together were home. Our parents became friends when we were kids, which consequently led to our friendship. While they probably don’t all see each other any more as much as they would like neither do we. As so often happens, our lives went in different directions… new relationships, friendships, travel plans, careers and goals were formed and life in general just took us on our individual paths. But last weekend we were all home and managed to co-ordinate ourselves for what was meant to be a civilised catch up. However when you haven’t all been together for several years and have so much to exchange ‘civilised’ is not what happens. Instead it was crazy, fun, full of gossip, reminiscing, extremely loud as we all tried to talk over the top of each other and finally ended with us all in fits of laughter, tears rolling down our faces at… well a conversation that headed down the lines of 50 shades… I’ll leave that one to your imagination
This catch up reminded me just how important friendship, love and laughter really is, how grateful we should be to have these people in our lives. The four of us all have such different personalities, we all have very different priorities and goals and we are all on very different career paths. However we have a great respect and love for one another. If we’re being realistic we probably only became friends as we all went to family get togethers growing up and in fact I am sure we weren’t always the best of friends during these times either. But fast forward to our early 20’s and our differences are now what makes our friendship so unique, what makes our catch up’s so interesting and fun and what reminds us of the good things in life.
I don’t know when we will all next be in the same place, when life will be paused for just long enough that we are able to once again have a few hours to catch up but I do know that no matter how old we get, no matter the path our careers and relationships takes us on, where we live or what we decide to do that whenever we do get together it will be full of fun, friendship, love and laughter. We are all old enough now to appreciate each other for our uniqueness, our similarities and our differences. While we were probably never overly close as a group it is still a friendship that has stood the test of the time. Something like that is what I believe to be truly special and one that I am very grateful for.
Have you got old friends that you share this connection with? When was the last time you saw them, perhaps time for a catch up now?