I’ve taken friendships for granted in the past. In college it was easy to forget that my best friends wouldn’t always be a five minute drive away. But since stepping out into the real world, and even more so since leaving Ernst & Young in pursuit of my dream of owning my own business, it has become incredibly apparent how valuable those friendships really are.
You see, most of my friends are now an hour’s drive away at bare minimum. With every passing year we become more spread out around the southeast, and some even more far-flung. This Spring I’ll have friends in Norman, Oklahoma, Columbia, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Athens, GA, and hopefully a couple will finally find their way to Atlanta.
What I’ve noticed as my friends become spread out and we set out to chase our respective ambitions is that it becomes harder to keep up. It takes real effort. And it’s now easy to look back on those times in school when we were all within five minutes of each other, just enjoying life and having a good time, and think: dang, things were good.
But then a friend shows up in Atlanta and he gives me a call just to see if I want to catch up while he’s in town for the day. We grab coffee and it seems like not a day has passed since the last time we saw each other. We share our experiences and our thoughts freely.
And I realize… The true value of friendship is not in the distance between us, although that makes things easier. The true value of friendship lies at the base of the relationship. That foundation that was laid long ago in those first few months of spending time together. When values aligned and we learned to trust.
That value becomes all the more apparent as we spend more time apart and have to work harder to get together. But tonight, we’ll all be in the same place, just taking each other for granted and enjoying life again. And some day in the future we’ll look back on nights like tonight and smile, because we’ll know that another one just like it is just a phone call away.
The true value of friendship lies in the connection we have with one another. It’s a connection that never goes away, and one that is easily rekindled at the dial of a phone.
Who are the friends that you truly value? What do they add to your life? Where are they? Could you pick up the phone today and make sure you all get together in the near future?
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