I’ve written similar posts to this one before on workout buddies/support systems, but tonight made me realize just how important it is to surround yourself with great people. Well that’s not fully the truth – this whole weekend has made me realize this.
Ultimately your friends are there to support you when you need it, and also tell you when you’re being ridiculous. I’m pretty ridiculous sometimes, as you know, so it’s always nice when people are around you to give you that reality check. (I hear “Oh Bexx!” a lot because of my silly antics. hah)
I think the better the people you surround yourself with, the better person you become. iI’s like when you have a running buddy. When they are a bit faster than you at first it seems discouraging (if you let it.) “I’ll never get there!” *pounds table with fist* As the weeks pass and you keep up with them, less out of breath than last week, you realize that you too are improving. You are becoming what you surround yourself with. (I don’t recommend running with an Olympian in this analogy….like we all have goals and it’s great to surround yourself with greats, but if you’re trying to speed up to an Olympian you may just end up feeling worse about yourself, and that’s not the point. I’m sure you get my drift! 😉 hahah)
Tonight I got together with some old university roomies that I mentioned in my NYE list post, and we had dinner, caught up and discussed our individual lists. Jay Skyped in because he couldn’t make it to Toronto (more crazy snowing going on.) We never judge each other on our respective lists, accomplishments or goals, we just listen and celebrate with a Kidstreet clap (please see 17 second point of the video for an example) when someone has accomplished something amazing etc. We discuss and laugh, and overall end the evening with some awesome YouTube clips.
The one thing that stood out to me tonight that I wasn’t expecting, was that I have let far too much time pass in between when I had seen these people last. I was on the outside of some of the inside jokes, and I’ve fallen behind in their lives unintentionally. I’ve gotten so wrapped up in my own ‘stuff’ that I have forgotten to reach out as much as I should. I’ve missed important proposals, dance caves, DJ Earworm mash-ups, and important life milestones, like getting dream jobs. I am adding another goal to 2014 – to make sure that friendships like these do not get put on the back-burner for other ‘stuff.’
We talk about goals; we talk about failures; we talk about things that wouldn’t even make sense if you repeated them ten times; we laugh; we reflect on the things we can do better, and the better people that we can become.