Yesterday I was surrounded by a large group of friends, the best kind of friends anyone could wish for.
But before I tell you about that, let me back up a little. Early in 2013 I lost friendships that I invested a lot of time in, friendships that started a while after I came back to Lebanon from Qatar, and I discovered that I had over-estimated the relationships. That left me in a sad and lonely place. Especially that in your mid-20s you find out that it gets difficult to make new friends.
I felt bad for a very long time, I kept missing the days when I had someone around, someone who would join me in any impromptu drive I had to make. Someone to hang out with at random times of the day. A best friend.
And that feeling lingered for a long time until, on my birthday in 2015, Melissa organized a surprise party for me, where she invited a lot of friends. And it was extremely fun, and it made me realize how many good friends I have.
I discovered that what I was actually missing was not the friends that I lost, but rather the days when I was still a university student with no job, nothing to worry about, when my biggest concern was a final exam.
After my 2015 Birthday party, I realized that I didn’t need an occasion to gather with people I care about, people I want to be surrounded by. Which brings us back to yesterday.
It was beautiful, a group of the best people I know, I was overjoyed. I am so lucky to know this many people I can enjoy my time with.
To the people who promptly said they’ll make it to the dinner,
to the ones who came from the other side of the country. To the ones who I talk to every day, even the ones whom I see once every few months. You are very dear to me.