This past weekend was spent in an old homestead near Jindabyne with a group of friends to celebrate the first 30th birthday of our friendship circle. The whole weekend was so nice, I couldn’t stop smiling. Being surrounded by people that I highly respect, who make me laugh, challenge me and most importantly love food and wine as much I do was so good for the soul. I got back on Sunday feeling really grateful to have such wonderful people in my life and really feeling motivated for the week ahead.
While I was thinking about it I realised that it is not just the friends that I was with this weekend but I honestly believe that all of my friends play a positive role in my life – that everyone supports me and makes me a better person. I am kind of proud to have eliminated toxic relationships from my life, that I have made an active decision to hang around with positive, good people. I know this all sounds a little bit like “oh look at me and my awesome friends” but how often do we take stock of the relationships in our life and add them to our achievement list and use it as a measure of the person we are? For me that is what will matter at the end, the people that I have spent the journey with and shared memories with.
I honestly feel like the people we hang around are an indicator of who we are rather than the money in the bank or certificates on the wall. And by the people I mean the quality not the quantity and by quality I mean people who genuinely want us to be the best people we can be. Furthermore if we have people around us who want us to succeed and push us to be the best we can be we are more likely to have faith in our own abilities and skills and push ourselves further then before. I am also not going to deny that there is a form of comfort in knowing you can fail and have a net of support to fall into who will pick you up and tell you to try again.
Anyway I am rambling a little bit but this weekend was a great wake up call for me to take stock of what is important and be grateful for what I have. It also made me realise that I have a responsibility to be the best friend I can be back to these people and everyone else in my life because they really are the very best thing! Life is too short not to spend it with amazing people and I am grateful to be doing that everyday.