Good morning, dear reader! How are you doing?
Our lives are filled with wise and wonderful (and slightly weird) people. My favourite thing about my weird/wise friends is the bizarrely pithy stuff they come out with from time to time, and today I would like to share a few of those with you.
My friend Lauren and I are very similar, particularly in terms of how much we worry about things (i.e. way too much). She and I both have an unfortunate tendency to over-think stuff, which is both bad and good: bad because it takes up quite a lot of our time, but good because we never have to explain ourselves to each other. Recently we were having a long, involved and fairly over-thought conversation about stuff we’ve said that we wish we could take back, and the idea that you can ruin a lovely situation by saying something prattish. Lauren came out with this nugget of wisdom: “You can’t say something irreparable to the right person.” It’s true that we all say things from time to time that we wish we hadn’t, but Lauren is absolutely right: if someone really loves you and understands you, you can always fix whatever silly thing you’ve said. If they won’t let you fix it, they’re probably not a keeper.
Another friend of mine has an incredibly scary, fraught and high-pressure job, and it is still a wonder to me that she doesn’t spend all of her free time drinking wine, muttering and rocking back and forth in a corner. She is actually a very upbeat and lovely human being who is always up for new experiences, which produces very mixed results. (For example, she’s just gone camping for a week, and I’m not convinced that she will have packed anything except coffee and sandals.) I love that my friend is so good at seizing life’s opportunities, but I love this statement of hers even more: “I should really Google things before I agree to them.” Shouldn’t we all? Life is for living, but with a due sense of caution and a clear understanding of what the plan is.
Last but by no means least, one of my favourite things about living with a close friend is that we have learned to appreciate (or at least tolerate) all sorts of weird behaviour from one another. We reached a pinnacle of love and friendship fairly recently when Ash gave me this (sort-of) compliment: “I really enjoy how sometimes you sound like a Greek man.” I wasn’t aware that I did, but if I do, I’m glad that my best friend enjoys it. It’s very important to surround yourself with people who enjoy the weird things about you.
Speaking of which, two of my friends stayed over last night, so I should probably go and offer them beverages. Have a miraculous Sunday. Surprise someone with a romantic gesture or something.