Life's rough, but we can get by with a little help from our friends.
Wednesday and Thursday nights are my longer days at work and I usually I come home exhausted.
Teaching 20+ Kindergartners is as harrowing as it sounds. Don't get me wrong, I love 'em, but when we've hit the day's four hour mark and I've heard that dreaded, "Mr. Ethan, so-and-so did such-and-such" for the thousandth time, my sharpness dulls.
Wednesday and Thursday nights are also when Chris, Jason, and I have our Skype meetings. Hard work to podcast business might not sound like a blast, but on the contrary, I look forward to it.
Chris and Jason are my buddies... my homies... my friends.
We start the conversation with our warrior's salute and a bit of a catch up, then we get into serious brainstorming. We'll quickly devolve into silliness. Our Skype sessions are less business for us, more the chance to goof around and get work done in the process.
Work aside, these guys really do sustain me. They push me to be a better person. They force me to think deeply and to question the world.
That's the |tri|spective. That's what we stand for. That's our friendship.
I encourage you to thrive in your friendships, too
Don't take things for granted, especially your friends.
Like a garden, friendships wither unless they're tended to often. They are an escape from the lameness of reality. They are a system of support in our toughest of times. Friends can be there to hold you up when your world is falling down, but you should always support them in turn.
Even when its inconvenient or when you're annoyed, be sure to foster your friendships.
For me, after my longer Wednesdays and Thursdays, which are rife with arithmetic, sticky glue, and kids screaming 'Mr Ethan' - also a biblical amount of tears - I come home and goof off with the guys.
I find in tough times, I'll tend to get stuck up in my head, but my friends are always there to pull me out again.