People and Their Visions

I ran into a friend on the train the other day.  Somebody who I really like talking to, not only because she has a lot of interesting stuff to say, but also because she truly has one of the best laughs you have ever heard.  It’s one of those laughs that actually makes you feel better.  It’s genuine.

Anyway, so we get to talking and she starts telling me about all of these things that have happened.  I hadn’t talked to her in a couple of months, but after sitting there listening, it felt like we hadn’t talked in years.  All I could think was, “Wow…so much has happened in her life in this short span of time and well, other than losing my job and then finding a new one…taking up long distance running…and improving my mountain biking skills, I haven’t done much.” 

But it wasn’t a matter of me feeling sorry for myself or about my life.  To put it simply, I have a pretty good life.  I have a wife I dig, a sweetheart of a kid, a nice house, food to eat, can’t really complain.  But the more I thought about it, I started to think, “Is there something more I should be doing?  Is there something else I am supposed to be contributing to this world?”

I’m trying to contribute a solid citizen to the world by raising my daughter well, but outside of that, should I not be doing something more?  I dunno.

Anyway, listening to my friend talk, I just felt really good for her.  I remembered when I was her age and how some things started to become clear for me.  Things started to piece together.  Given, she isn’t THAT much younger than me, but I have found that later 20’s early 30’s is a huge transition stage…maybe even moreso than late teens early 20’s.  Or maybe I’m just not as well equipped to handle it now (read: less alcohol).

So yeah, that’s pretty much it.  I hope everything works out for her.  That’s it.

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