Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Fountain of Youth

It turns out the ancient dreamers and philosophers were right; there is a fountain of youth. 

For some, it might be dressing or acting younger; others feel younger by surrounding themselves with older people. By now most of us have found that the fountain of youth is not an elixir, a potion or an incantation, but it does involve time travel. The past is the key to a younger future.

On a good day, my best friend and I text via Skype; on a great day we talk. We’ve been best friends for 30 years. Through all of the many stages of our lives, no matter where in the world we were, we’ve been there for each other or tried to be.

There’s nothing quite like having a friend who remembers your past but doesn’t use it against you; who loves you when your future doesn’t match your predictions and who sets you straight when you lose perspective.

When we talk, stress unknots and the illogical makes sense; I gain a new perspective, an energy that I just can’t put a price on.  I’m reminded that we’ve been through worse or better; that we’ve withstood or stood up to some of our greatest challenges—together.

I’m looking forward to the next 30 years of friendship.

How can you get your own fountain of youth?

Make connections and keep them. 

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