If you will, stop for a moment and think how delicate tissue paper is. Like the stuff you find in a box with a gift wrapped shirt or the facial tissue (aka Kleenex for you brand name sticklers) – its so thin and tears so easily.
The reason I start you off with this imagery is for comparison. Now think about all the friends you know. How many of those friendship would tear apart with almost no provocation? Most people think their friendship are pretty strong…until there is friction or a difference of opinion or a change in the dynamic. Then things get interesting and generally not in a good way. Long standing friendship can crumble just based on one friend becoming ‘busy’ or a second-hand comment coming back to the other friend that may be out of context.
Just as a pre-cursor, I am widely considered ‘odd’ and somethings I observe are just my opinions and may differ from your own perspective. But…I have seen in my four plus decades roaming around North America a few things go down. Long time friends can stop talking or become embattled enemies over a new person in one of their lives. Long standing traditions erode and fade into history due to increased family obligations or illness or a myriad of other variables. Time stands still for no one.
In many ways I like to think I mentally stay pretty active and embrace the constant barrage of changes life throws at me (technology, work challenges, etc) but sometimes my mind slips a few gears and I find myself lost in a memory of more simple times: changing the oil in my first car, sledding at my parent’s home in Dittmer during the big snow storm of 1982, writing articles for my high school newspaper and a very young me dragging a bag of candy along a sidewalk on a Halloween night only to get home and realize I lost almost all of my goodies from the worn hole in the bottom of the cheap trick or treat bag.
We only have this moment before it slips out the bottom of our bag. Treasure it. Remember it. Tomorrow is coming, ready or not. You can re-Tweet me on that.