Hello, marvellous reader! How goes the world with you today?
As you might expect from my theatrical background, my social circle is filled with wonderful people who are passionate, intelligent and hilarious. They are also a bunch of drama queens. (This applies to me as well, obviously, and it’s no bad thing.) At the end of 2013 my closest friends and I decided that this 2014 in the Year of Our Lord would also be the Year of Our Lives, and that we would make the most of every opportunity that came our way. There would be fewer hangovers, better hair days and generally a lot less drama.
Shockingly, this has not turned out to be the case. So far 2014 has seen some pretty massive upheavals in a lot of my friends’ lives, and although many of them are wonderful changes some of them are pretty rubbish. Four months have flown by in a whirlwind of “what the hell just happened?”s, and at this point I think most of us would settle for a quiet sit down with a cup of tea and a good book.
It is tempting at times like this to turn to clichés: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, the only way is up (which obviously puts this song in your head for the rest of the day) and a watched egg never scrambles. Or something. While there is a lot of truth in these and many more well-known sayings, they can be very irritating.
I prefer to be realistic (not something that many people associate with my way of thinking, but never mind): you really genuinely never know what life is going to do, and when things are tough you can be sure that they will not stay that way forever. This too shall pass, as the old lady said when her bus approached at an alarming speed. The dramas and difficulties that abound among friendship groups are not the end of the world, and although I’m the last person to enjoy remembering sad times, it is comforting to know that you and your friends have come through arguments, worries and social crises many times before. It’s not necessarily super fun to look back on them, but they show you that you will get through these ones as well. No matter what is going on, there is always more love between you and your friends than there is drama. I think that might be the weirdest and most saccharine thing I’ve ever said. I need to watch some Frankie Boyle stand up or something…
Have a beautiful Tuesday.