This week has been a whirlwind of activity already and it’s only Tuesday, so I was excited to sit for a moment and doodlewash a couple of elephants for our prompt today. As much work as I had to DO today, I still took time to go to a belated birthday lunch with one of my best friends whom I adore. That may seem odd to say when I tell you that this was the first time we’ve gotten together this year. But, that’s the thing. We have that certain connection that always reignites whenever we DO manage to spend some quality time together. It’s as if no months have passed at all. That, to me is the mark of a best friend. It’s not about how much time you spend with someone, but how you spend the time that you do. And it’s about having that someone who always seems to spin back into your life at just the right moment. On my birthday, Saturday, I had been missing a friend of mine in Los Angeles whom I’d lost touch with over the last couple of years. While Philippe and I were having lunch that day, she called me! It was one of the best presents I could ever hope to receive. And, it felt like no time had managed to pass at all. Another best friend moment. I’ll admit that I’m quiet and shy and not prone to rush to social gatherings. But I have a deep love for my friends and feel lucky knowing that I have people in my life that show up just when I need them most.
As busy as everything seems to get lately, I’m making a more conscious effort to be present for my friends. They are my friends, after all, because they know all of my weird idiosyncrasies and they adore me anyway. I’m not sure if it was my recent birthday, though it wasn’t yet a big milestone, but I’ve been thinking a bit about this lately. I used to think my father was practically anti-social at the end of his life as he didn’t seem to have many friends at all. But, whenever he would talk about the friends he did have, he lit up and I could feel the emotion there. Friends are the glue that holds our life together. And I feel so lucky to have met people all over the world, creating many new friendships. Sure, we can’t go out and have a coffee or, even better, dessert, which breaks my heart really, but so many of you have helped me through my art journey that I couldn’t even make a full list. I feel incredibly lucky to have so many friends in the world and who knows, one day, maybe we’ll finally meet in person! That would be amazing! A meeting of the Doodlewash community would be so fun. And mostly because all of you would be so excited to see each other! My heart is at its happiest just watching the connections that have been created here.
Thanks for playing along with all of the crazy ideas from this shy guy. It’s been so fun to play and DO new things with all of you. So, yes, I’ve gotten so many things going at once that I can sometimes get a bit lost in everything. My hobby and passion project is so passion-led that I don’t really have a roadmap of what happens next. But, that’s equally exciting isn’t it? Or, is that just the crazy guy trying to justify his lack of ability to plan things properly. But you see, I don’t have a plan, just a passion. I have things I certainly want to try and DO, but they aren’t goals. They’re just lovely dreams. I’ve made lots of my dreams come true with this site so far and hope that many more will follow. I also hope that everyone out there is making some of their lovely dreams come true as well in this very moment. I’m not entirely sure of the point I intend to make, except to say that life is always better with good friends and dreams. And a huge hug to you my friend if you’ve once again made it to the end of one of my little rambling posts. It’s the best feeling in the world when you find you have someone you can count on.
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