What a year we haven’t had. 2020 stopped us all in our tracks. And on top of everything this time has presented us with, I know you have faced some life-changing times. New babies, poorly kids, tragic losses and personal pain. I too have found myself in new places too, a new home, new roles to play in people’s lives, painful goodbyes, health scares and realities, and some wonderful new starts and events too.
I wish I could have shared all this with you. I know we have zoom and text and all these technologies at our fingertips. But it’s not quite the same as cracking open a bottle of something fizzy and whiling away the hours chatting about every little aspect of our lives, from the mundane to the monumental.
I know that for some of my friends, closing in the walls and shutting out the world outside has been their only method of survival. I know spilling your guts isn’t ‘the one’. I know that actually picking up that phone and making a call feels like the hardest thing in the world to do. Don’t worry, I feel that way too. But please know that if one day you’re feeling brave and need to speak to someone, I am here.
But, if that day never comes, that’s okay too. There will be a time when we excitedly get on a train for a weekend away, or book tickets to a gig or just get in the car and go for a drive. Those days are not far away, I’m sure of it. It’s the thought of those days that keep me going and I hope they do for you too.
And one final reminder friend, in case it wasn’t glaringly obvious. I love you. Wholeheartedly, unconditionally.