What is a vampire’s favorite mode of transportation?
…A blood vessel.
Last weekend I spent in Chicago with friends. It was the first time I had been back since I moved home almost a year and a half ago. In some ways that seems like forever, but once I was back there it felt like I had never left. In a strange way, I think that city will always be a part of who I am; it feels more like “me” than California does. I think I’m really just a Midwesterner at heart.
I love that with true friends distance changes nothing. You pick up right where you left off and it feels like no time has passed since you were last together. That’s how it was on this trip. It felt so good to see the girls and catch up on life. I LOVED every minute of it.
There’s nothing quite like your college friends. You shared a unique and special time together that no one else quite understands and that can never be repeated. You share stories, memories and a time in your life that I consider to be one of the very best. Essentially, you grown up together. The 18 year-olds you met as are not the same people who were handed diplomas a few years later. If you’re like me, and moved far away from home, these friends become your family. They’re who you spend your free-time with, who you rely on, who you grab to get a beer with, who you study with, who you cry to when you have a 15 page paper due the next day that you haven’t started and who you call when you need serious retail therapy.
There is nothing quite like the relationships you develop with these people. And if you’re lucky enough, those relationships will last a lifetime.
Make good friends and be a good friend. I think life happens and people forget to make the effort or to stay in touch. Don’t let that happen. Make the time for your friends. Be patient and forgiving because yes, life does happen, but don’t ever let too much time pass. Remember how much you enjoy each other and be sure to check-in every once in awhile. Make the reunions happen and return phone calls. When life happens, these are the people who make it all easier.
(that happened this week)
1. Went to the pumpkin patch.
2. Finally had a rainy day!
3. Mom made baked mostaccioli for Dad’s birthday dinner. Yum!
4. Spending the weekend in Chicago with all my college friends (more on this later).
5. Moved to a new office at work and am loving the sunlight, open space and new people.
Let’s hear it – what are your five?
The world lost an incredible human being today. It just goes to show how quick and fragile life is. Take a minute and be grateful that you are alive and have your health.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”
“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”