“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”Henry David Thoreau
Last weekend, I met my longtime girlfriends for an overnight trip at a local vineyard. We’ve been friends for over 15 years. Some of the best times of my life have been in the company of these women. There are so many nights in our past full of laughter, tears, adventures, and love.
As the years have gone by, it’s been more difficult for us to get together as often as we’d like. Our lives have taken us in different directions. Weeks or even months may go by, but when we get together, it’s as if not a day has passed.
Much like alone time, fitness, and meditation, spending time with my circle of friends has always been a crucial part of my self-care routine. I not only want to spend time with my friends, I need to. My friends feed my soul. They know the best and worst parts of me. They’ve celebrated with me in times of joy and they’ve seen me through the most painful times in my life.
I returned from my weekend refreshed and rejuvenated. Spending time with my girls was just what I needed. Each of us has a unique personality yet, we all bring out the best in each other. We are brutally honest-even if it hurts. My life would not be the same without these women. I am better because of them. As the years go by, I know that we will remain in each other’s lives no matter what.