April 20, 2011

On the Importance of Friends

My good friend Molly visited me last week. She returned recently from New Zealand where she's been adventuring for the past 1/2 year or so, and then drove up the coast from Los Angeles for a visit. We spent the time walking along North Coast beaches, soaking in the pools at Orr Hot Springs, and chatting over meals we cooked. In other words, we didn't do anything special outside of enjoying one another's company. Seeing Molly reminded me how important it is to have close friends around. This is something I've missed over the last nine months.

I feel I've made a number of new friends who are near and dear to me, but it's not the same as having old friends around. Especially because we spend 8-10 hours a day together in the shop, which doesn't leave much energy or time for the purely social. That being said, I already know that I'll miss these new friends immensely once school comes to a close and we all move on to our futures. It's sad that human nature lends itself to missing what we don't have and taking for advantage the things we have while we have them. I'm working to better appreciate the present--what I have when I have it.

Molly brought me this poppy from Sebastopol. Funny enough I have these very poppies growing in my yard. Both are a reminder to truly be in the present. 

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