This was quite the week — started off as stressful and sleep-deprived and ended with a shared game of friends.
I watched a documentary, fragmented spaces with projections, and drew hundreds of lines. I have attended meetings, spoken out for a college I believe in, and waited impatiently for a report that has taken a year to listen to. I received more hugs and taken in more smiles this week than I have in a long time. I have shared coffee and drinks with a few of my favorite people.
Today was yet another long day. It was a day to have fun, to take a break from our stress and anxiety. After a conversation and a much needed nap [that unfortunately ended with a migraine], I thought about how important these friends are. That it is not only about hugs, smiles, and thank yous, but it is also about being a good sport, an editor for essays, applications, and resumes, and, most importantly, a listening ear.
"You’re true blue, Budde. And that’s rare!" A conversation a few months ago with a friend who needed an open ear. Even if it’s a simple "good game" or a more complex response, I say what I believe, and do so with complete honesty. I think this week and previous ones have taught me a lot about empathy, about loyalty, and about honesty.
I can only hope that I actually am true blue.