I am lucky in that I have so many friends. A few years before I came to the New York area, I decided that I would be friends with everyone. I saw this guy who did just that. He walked into a room and he’d beeline through it to the person he knew. He would shake hands along the way with others, and he captured a room. I found that to be such an endearing trait. This guy was a politician at heart, which in retrospect changes my view, but the idea remained that I wanted to be that friendly.
Throughout my years since then, I have built a few different friend groups. I have my friends that I had going to the bar. I have friends I met at the pizza place. I’ve had my friends I’ve met randomly. I’ve had my Jersey friends and New York friends. And sometimes, they all come together pieces at a time for events. The one thing I realize is that with the fast paced world, keeping connected is hard.
I am lucky to have some standing dates. I tend to go to karaoke on Mondays. I generally see up to five or six of my friends there. I also know quite a few of the customers considering I have worked karaoke before. I have facebook chats with quite a few of my friends that make it easy to contact. Heck, I have my cellphone with the majority of their numbers in it so I can call or text them whenever. Nonetheless, people get lost in this great shuffle of life.
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with friends. I cut myself away from technology, and just kind of hung out. It was interesting to talk and listen as the world moved around us for a while. Later that night when I came back into town, I got to talk to some acquaintances and some friends. Friendly faces smiled in my direction. It’s just nice to have that kind of connection with the community around me. I give so much thanks goes to my previous jobs, my friends, and Jersey City for being as openly hospitable as it is.
I just want to take the time for those readers who are my friends and let them know their impact. Some of you are newer, while some of you have been friends with me for years. It doesn’t matter. You’re my people, and part of my tribe. I will try to be there for you when you need me, and I hope I can count on you being there sometimes when I need you. It won’t always be easy dealing with me, but you do make me better. You push me. You pull me back. You rush with me about the world. And that’s something more beautiful than anything I can know. You keep me grounded and help me fly. And that’s all you can ask for in the friends around you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
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