Do you have one of those special friends?
No matter how long you’ve been apart, once you reconnect the rapport takes minutes to revive. Year’s slip away. Conversations continue without hesitation. There’s an agreement we don’t need to explain.
The phenomenon is close to magic and maybe even a little bit spooky. In my world it’s a belief in past lives and karmic connections. Others might think there’s just an underlying bond.
However you define it, if you experience this, don’t take it for granted.
Cherish each time it happens.
That’s how I felt when I saw Pete last week. Even though it had been 6 years since our last coffee chat, we fell into our relaxed patter. A comfortable ease.
OK, it’s a little freaky how alike we are. I won’t list the attributes, but trust me; it’s weird in a very cool way. I will admit Pete is probably the better writer, and for sure the better coach if you want help to run a marathon.
Over the last few days I’ve asked people if they have this type of friend. The answer’s usually yes. And when they start to talk about it I swear their whole being changes. Their voice softens, a smile appears and then I hear the stories.
It’s tougher when you’re the opposite sex. People’s assumptions of “dating” are boring and a waste of time. That path is well tread and there’s no need to retrace the steps.
Could it be that I’m now old enough to appreciate the joy of a really good friend? Or maybe I’m just tired of the crap that can fill a day. I’ve been edging towards a purge of relationships that don’t bring happiness.
Being around Pete reminds me this is a wise pursuit.
These days I often repeat the mantra “Life is good.”
Pete is always quick to add “Life is short.”