If it's seemed I fell off the face of the Earth recently, it's because I did. I've been buried in work to dear-god-I-can-barely-breathe levels, and most recently went out of town for a wedding. Which is what I wanted to talk about.
I'm not sure why, but I think by time you've reached your 20s, you've usually met the people whose friendships will impact you for the rest of your life. Whether a childhood neighboor or college classmate, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they stand by you as you become who you're meant to be.
I was lucky. In high school I banded together with a group of girls that are still some of the people closest me today. And while we're spread out, and we all see some more than others, there's always a level of comfort and unspoken understanding that is rare.
This particular wedding, was one of those girls getting married. And a rare occasion that brought us all together. We reminisced and danced and took silly pictures like nothing had ever changed. Despite how time had moved us on, there's still a magic when we're all together just as we were in high school. Only now, some crushes have been replaced with husbands, and nicknames created through mistakes are replaced with the liking of "mom."
It got me to thinking about how important old friendships are. Even those that play a supporting role versus starring, it's nice to connect with people from the past. It brings a calming silence in the midst of our dizzy lives.
I hate to quote a chick flick and all, but there's a great line in Sweet Home Alabama saying you can have roots and wings. I think it's true, and really important. We can still look to the future while repescting our past, and let it play a helping hand in steering us forward.
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