If there is one thing people know about me, it’s how quickly I make friends. Everywhere I go, whether I am on holiday or at uni or at work, it doesn’t take long for me to make a few. One of my goals for the last week, and a yearly personal ritual, is to clean up my emails. I only keep about 3 years worth unless they are personal emails, which I only trash if they are unnecessary. This year, I found it necessary to do a deep clean of certain folders as they have largely been untouched during this yearly process. Needless to say, going through these has brought up many pleasant memories.
If I were to give a comprehensive detailing of my friends over the years, this post would likely be massive. Rather, I shall simply focus from 2002 to the present. This is how long I have had the current email I am cleaning. Despite only being 14 years in length, it still is filled with enough memories to make me nostalgic.
Today I went through three folders: my old church members stuff folder, patty’s stuff folder, and my other friends stuff folder. Two were small folders thankfully, but there were a lot of nice memories in them. It’s crazy to think how many people come and go in a persons life. Some stick around for the long haul, some linger before eventually fading into the woodwork, and others are there short-term. As cheesy as it may sounds, I have loved them all.
Since this post is because of emails, I suppose I should give a few examples of memories. Most of the church member ones were from friends in Miami and Leicester. It’s crazy how many wonderful friends I had in those places. I had friends from work at The Original Steakhouse and Sports Theatre, friends from church, and even a few from university. Seeing movies with Mike, Manny, and Jess; church events with too many friends to name individually; dinners for the missionaries at Darren’s place; working out with Cole, Sam, and Harold; FHE at Darren’s in Miami and at Lynn and Rick’s in Leicester; ultimate frisbee at Uni; and so much more. Just writing these simple things brings the memories flooding back.
Over the course of my life, I have had to learn some valuable lessons. I don’t make friends for the minute. I fully expect us to continue this relationship until one of us dies. At least I used to. I learned that not everyone is going to be my best friend. More importantly, I learned that not all friendships will last and that it’s ok. It has sucked, but it is true. Because of this I have learned to value my friends much more. Going through these folders has reintroduced the multitude of friends I once had who are no longer a part of my life.
Whether these people are still in my life or not, I believe that each one was put into my life for some reason. I may never know that reason, but they all have affected me in some sense. They have all directed me to where I am now. They have taught me how to be a good person, to accept others, and to realise when it’s time to let go. Life has been an adventure filled with many people who have shared this journey with me. I wish I could have the opportunity to thank them individually. All I can do is publicly thank each one of you for being positive forces in my life. Thank you and I wish you all the best and my love.