We’re always in a rush to be somewhere, to do something, to be someone. We seek movement and progress at all times. It’s in our nature. And that’s great, except when it’s not. All to often, the desire to build and grow distracts us from the sheer beauty that lies in the connections we build and the bonds we forge with one another.
All too often, we sideline these relationships, knowing they’ll be there at the end of a long, stressful day, and we turn our attention to our ever-growing to-do lists. We forget that reflecting on these histories makes us who we are, and more importantly, they give us peace of mind.
Remembering my best friend as she approaches her wedding day on the Kate2ReKate blog by basking in the fragments of a shared experience has been a source of comfort and joy in these otherwise unsettling times. Our lives are unsettled in the best way possible, as the Mister and I are shaking out a better future for ourselves, but not knowing what the future holds can be unnerving, to say the least.
Now, at the end of an arduous day, I can sink back into a moment in time and appreciate the 20+ year friendship that started with a simple gift and a shared glance, and has led us down a road of shared adventures that I wouldn’t give up for the world.
I snag an old photo, or share a beloved tune and instantly, I feel liberated from the binds of what-to-do-ness. Now, regardless of how stressful the day, I know that the time will come when I can revisit the memories I hold closest to my heart, and quietly say to no one in particular, “Thank you.”