Day 4 - I fell asleep at 3:00 a.m. and woke up at 7:00 a.m. for the first time in a long while. I had to deal with the car problems, and I had made a deal with myself to start long distance running again -- Dario made sure this happened today as planned.
So I told myself, "Take the bad with the good." Even though I was in pain, tired, and stuck in the Rio Grande Valley for a little while longer, it offered me a chance to see some old friends. I grabbed coffee with Tiffany and Julio, and we talked about how some people our age (specifically old classmates) are moving their lives rather quickly. Sometimes it's a gift, and sometimes it's a curse...
- The friend with the children that can't spare a minute to grab a bite to eat.
- The friend in debt because of the divorce they are going through.
- The friend happily married to their HS sweetheart for years now.
- The friend planning a wedding on a loan because they're paying tuition too.
- The friend headstrong in a fruitful career but without prospects for love.
- The friend with a child, a great job, and a loving household to come home to already.
- The friend still mooching off family / friends / strangers to get by.
- The friend with a degree in a good field, but still can't find work.
- The friend partying every night, but isn't any closer to graduating or finding work.
- The friend moving from place to place trying to find work.
- The friend engaged, but waiting to make wedding plans until financially stable.
- Or what's worse, the friends that passed away along the way.
But, alas it was tough finding anything wrong in our own lives while we had friends, laughter, and a little caffeine. Thankfully, our hometown got a Starbucks since we all graduated, so we could have all three. I still miss Art 6 and Jupiter House though...