I went karaoking this weekend with some friends and definitely did some RENT singing so 525,600 minutes is definitely on my mind. That and the fact that we are a week from 2014 and what a roller-coaster year it has been.
I went out to lunch today with a dear friend of mine who I had lost contact with for several years. I am the type of person who tried really hard to keep in touch with people and this friend of mine basically just dropped off the face of the planet for about four years. About three weeks ago they popped back onto Facebook and we made plans to go out to lunch. I knew when I wasn’t able to get in touch with them (cell phone disconnected, emails unanswered, no Facebook activity) that they were probably going through something major but I was living in New York and wasn’t in a position to really find this person.
Going out to lunch today, I found out that there was a lot of hardship that had happened and also a lot of growth that had come out of it. I was saddened to hear about all the bad times that I wasn’t there to help with but heartened that they’ve worked so hard and so successfully to turn their life around.
It’s also hard to believe that I am sitting in such a different place in 12 months, physically and emotionally. A year ago I was working in a job that I was desperately unhappy with but not sure how to extricate myself from it. Now I am working several jobs but am really happy with that choice and the ability to take care of my grandmother.
It’s so wonderful to be able to sit with good friends and hear how things have gone from negative to positive and I hope that we all find that in the upcoming year.