This last summer and beginning of autumn we definitely have become good friends again, thank goodness. I think I got to the point after my last trip to AR where it was an incredibly difficult, emotional time in both of our lives that if I didn't start to change my thoughts about him and about where I was and what I was doing that I would lose my best friend. And there was no way that I could do that.
So this last weekend was unreal, plain and simple. We were totally ourselves again, having the best time. I was able to be there for him how no one else seems to be able to be right now in his life. He needed someone who he trusted completely to actually listen to him and ask questions instead of point fingers and judge. And he knew that person was me. It was really great to be able to be there for him. Maybe he doesn't know this but he was there for me too. I wasn't going through near was he was/is but in my own way I needed a serious break from my reality, even if just for a weekend. I needed THAT reality, the reality of him and Little Rock and my friends there, without anything dealing with LA or my job or my new life. And please don't get me wrong, I love LA and my job and my new life to bits and pieces, but I just needed a little escape.
Escaping from reality, or a certain reality, I think, is completely okay. We all have things that we'd like to hide from now and again. The way we choose to do that, though, can be very different. Some turn to friends and family, some throw themselves into work, some turn to drugs, some to exercise. And escaping that reality I don't think should be viewed as a weakness or as a negative thing. Sometimes we just need a break. A real break. Even if it is just for an afternoon, or a weekend, or maybe even a summer. Getting away from it all can revitalize you and give you that recharge that you need to get back into it and realize why you're there doing what you do that you tried to escape from originally.
Ha, I know I'm probably not making any sense. But I guess what I've been learning is that these mini-vacations from whatever reality you're facing are incredibly beneficial and you shouldn't be afraid to take them if you need them. Go ahead, live a little, do what you feel you need to do, and in the end you'll be much happier for it.
Ps: HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEEEN!!!!!