Last night while chatting online with three people at once, I was hit with an epiphany. (Don't even ask how I kept three conversations straight, because I don't know myself). I came to the realization that I have a pretty diverse group of friends. I find spending time with people who aren’t a cookie-cutter cutout of you allows you to see things differently and to be exposed to a perspective you may never have known. My friends are from all over both Europe and the states (including Canada). Hearing and reading what they think about global issues is always very entertaining!
So last night, a close friend (I’d say eight years or so) and I were talking of issues of late. We were discussing change, changes you can make and changes that you must wait on the others to make or be willing to make. We both remarked about a mutual friend who we have watched grow and develop into a very pleasant person. I’ve known this woman for twelve years. Like any friend we’ve butted heads a few times and swore up and down that we would never speak to each other again. What was nice about our friendship is that even after it all we still touch base with each other every now and again. Granted we aren’t the friends we once were, but the genuine care and love for each other is still there. In fact I just sent a package off to her with some items that I have owed her for like a year now.
I am glad that people and friends grow and change. I am glad that I have grown and changed from where I was say fifteen years ago. If I hadn’t become who I am today I don’t think I would have had the courage to meet and engage in conversation my friends from London and Germany. I would have never had the opportunity to learn German before coming here, taught by a German and I would have never learned the subtle differences between piss off, sod off, and buggar off.
It’s a wonderful world we live in (when it comes to diversity) and I for damn sure am glad to be here.
ETA I just checked my e-mail and behold a great link today about change and personal change.