“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson
This evening I caught up for dinner and drinks with some friends from my undergraduate degree, to celebrate the end of one term and to chat about the upcoming term. It was a genuinely fun night, and it was great to see some friends and hear how everyone has been and what has been going on, both inside and outside of the classroom. It was a reminder that we need to take time to celebrate the small things from time to time, and to take time to reach out to friends, so that we do not reach that point of thinking “oh, it has been too long since we chatted, it would be too hard to try and catch up now.”
Celebrate the little things, and do not lose touch with your friends. Particularly the collegiate friends, those in the same industry. You will always need someone, external to your specific context with which to discuss ideas, issues and with whom to debrief and provide a mutual source of support.
As we parted ways tonight, we agreed that we needed to ensure we catch up again at the end of the current term, and indeed, we decided when – the last Thursday of the term. It is a meeting I look forward to, to discover how everyone’s term has been, to share in their success stories and to hear about what they have learned.