Summer bid its farewell a couple of weeks ago and as the cardigans come out and the boots slip on, I'm starting to miss those warmer days and those breezy nights.
The weather has started to shift here in Australia and we're starting to see the true colours of Autumn among us. The wind is crisper and the days are shorter and I can sense, as George R R Martin would say, Winter is coming.
Summer was filled with friends, new and old. We road tripped together; windows down, music up. We brunched together and have the Instagram photos to prove it. We played video games until the wee hours of the morning and laughed about silly things I cannot repeat on here.
...and just like that, I felt like a kid again.
It's important to feel young in your life and it's important to have friends who remind you of that.
Lately, many of my conversations with friends have been about how old we're getting, how it's been several years since school, how everyone around us is getting married, how we work hard and have bills to pay and how the troubles of our teenage selves are so puny compared to the troubles we face now. We worry about how much harder life will get, and how crazy the housing market is and how consumerism is destroying our world.
I've found that while these conversations are important and probably should occur regularly, it's also important to prioritise the young child inside of you, to let him/her out to play, to enjoy yourself again.
Life is all about the balance.
You can't expect to excel without working hard but you can't expect to be happy without a little relaxation and fun. You owe it to yourself and those around you to find the perfect balance in your life. You also deserve to find friends who bring out the good in you and help you relax and forget your worries, but also friends who motivate you and push you forward to achieving your goals.
I want to be that kind of friend, a friend who seeks to maintain balance in the lives of those I love. I know how hard it is to find balance when it's just me trying to figure it out, but when I have loving and supportive peers and friends around me, I feel like I can accomplish anything.
I want to do that for others. I really do.
Because everything seems better with friends, don't ya think?
Tell me, what kind of 'friend' do you value the most?