I've been a bit down on the human race and my human relationships lately, so I thought this might be nice.
Have you had some particularly good moments with your friends/family lately? What did you appreciate?
I went out last night alone to a poetry reading - something I often do on my own, which is ok. But I've been fairly low the last couple of months, and have certainly been feeling lonely and misunderstood. I enjoyed the reading a lot, but felt a bit flat when it was over. I was just planning to head home, find something to eat and probably stay up late watching a film/on the internet, and moping.
As I was leaving the reading I noticed I had a missed call and voicemail on my mobile phone (on silent during the reading, of course!). It turned out to be one of my good friends who's been traveling for the last five weeks or so. I knew she was away until early May so I was very surprised (and slightly worried for a moment as I thought she was still abroad, and maybe there was an emergency or something). Turned out she was passing through London just for a day and half before heading on to the next part of her trip, which is just a couple more weeks, and then she'll be back properly.
I called her back, and she asked if I wanted to meet up. (She has more energy than I do - she'd got off a ten hour flight just a few hours earlier!) I was tired and briefly considered saying no, but actually I really wanted to see her. She was one of the people I'd been missing lately. It seems as though a lot of the people who I care about, who care about me and whose company I enjoy have been away lately, or they will be away for a long time, or we've all been very busy, or my relationship with them has changed, sometimes for the worse.
So we met up and ended up having some food and a glass of wine by the river, on a lovely spring evening. We caught up about her trip and life. She's an illustrator and has just had a children's book published - and it was a gig which I helped her to get, since I was working for a major children's publisher at the time, and showed the editors her work. She gave me a copy and inscribed it to me as "an excellent friend". We were both excited to finally see it published.
It turned out this was just what I needed last night. It was quite strange in a way - almost like an answer to an unspoken prayer. I appreciate people like her a lot. She's not really one of my "best friends" but she's a good friend: we have fun together, we look out for each other, we give some practical support. And it was much better last night than heading home on my own.
I hope you've all had some moments like this lately which have picked you up or maybe made an already good time in your life better!