"Good friends don't you let you do stupid things...alone!"
It's definitely not a typical Sunday morning, especially when I'm not even in my own house! But nonetheless, it's one of my favorite topics - friendships.
Following ClickCon, since we were already in the midwest, we took a few days and stopped in Ohio before heading home. Over the years, I've written a lot about the importance of good friends. As I've gotten older, I've realized that while you can't turn back the clock on aging, laughter is the contemporary version of the fountain of youth.
Hanging out with good friends brings out the best in everything, and that's what happens every time Sheila and I are together with our friends "Hoss" and Melissa. And there's something else that happens, but ONLY with the best of friends. You do things you wouldn't normally do alone - like going back to "climb the mountain" a second time with an Arby's BIG MOUNTAIN sandwich.
Hoss hadn't experienced the joy of a ten-dollar sandwich from Arby's loaded with just about everything they sell. It's one of the holy grails of fast food, and fortunately, he was willing to split it with me. This time I found an Arby's with staff that knew what it was, (it's on page 3 of their secret menu) and he suggested we order it heated. You'll never see it featured on the food channel, but the memory of ordering one deserves to be.
That brings me right to the point. We all live busy lives. Too often we forget to take time out with friends. Business and the stress of maintaining balance in life clouds over our priorities. We don't take the time to savor the most important reason for working hard - enjoying time NOT working!
This trip has been jam-packed with a focus on friends, both old ones and new ones we met in Chicago last week. And, best of all, social media and good old phone service give us all a chance to stay connected. Life is about making memories. As photographers, you've got the ability to help people never forget a special moment - just don't forget to capture them for your own archives.
Wishing everybody a terrific Sunday and one filled with laughter and a deep appreciation for everybody who makes your life richer. Go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs with those friends and family closest to you. Those special relationships are the mortar that holds your "foundation" together!
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