What a difference a year can make. About a year ago, I decided to write a blog post daily. While it has not always been easy to think up topics, I have definitely learned and expanded my interests during this exercise. I am not sure if I will continue this blog next year or start a new one, but I will definitely continue writing. Often times people wonder about tomorrow, but they never actually think about how long it takes to actually get to tomorrow. Our days can be broken down into hours, minutes, and seconds, and with each second we have a chance to make a change that we want to see for tomorrow. In order to make the future we want to see tomorrow, we must take a minute to begin working on the hour that will become the day of tomorrow. Each day of this year, as short as they seemed, added up to make the year that we are currently ending. As I look back on this year, I can see plans that blossomed well and others that fizzled out, and I have realized that the only difference between the two is the time that was put into preparation and execution. The plans that turned out well were well prepared and the others were thrown together foolishly. In the year 2016, I am going to make sure that I use the time that I have much more wisely, every second counts and I will treat every second like a fraction of my day rather than time to be wasted. This year went by quickly, as does every year, but that is no reason to let another second pass on working towards your goals and dreams. I am excited for this new year, not because it is new, but because I get another year to grow and improve the world that I live in. Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading along throughout the year.
The other day, I received a message from an old friend asking why we no longer hung out. When I consider my friendship with this individual in the past, I remember a time when we would never be out of contact for more than a week, but now she is just about a stranger to me. The thing about friendships is that no matter how much we grow and change they usually stay the same, but with growth, we often have to trim branches, and some relationships just don’t make the cut. I decided to respond of course, since it would be rude to ignore someone, let alone a person who was once considered a good friend, and I found out that this old friend wanted me to come to their house warming party. On a regular occasion, with a more familiar friend I would have quickly agreed to attend, but now I was faced with this stranger asking me to meet in an unfamiliar place, with other unfamiliar people. I decided to attend out of cordiality, and it was just as awkward as I thought it would be. I made small talk with a few interesting individuals, with whom I had very little in common, and I tried to rebuild this friendship with my old friend, only to find that we may be too far apart to reconnect on the same level we once connected. I learned an interesting thing about myself from this situation, I learned that no mater how much I would love to keep many of my old or even current relationships going, some friendships are seasonal. I don’t mean to say that it is foolish or impossible to build a lasting friendship, but I will say that situational friendships will generally only last as long as the situations that called for them. People will always try to reconnect with old friends, but in the end, old friendships are old for a reason. I wish all of my old friends the best in life, now I will just have to live with the not so sad realization that the fond memories I have shared with these individuals can only be tainted by trying to restart a connection that has been long interrupted.