You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone

Post Author: Michael Johnson, Senior Project Manager

Good Friends. Good Times.

Throughout your life, you make all kinds of new friendships but they will never replace the ones that molded you into the person you are today. My good friends in the picture you see are exactly those friends.

We’re coming up on our 30-year class reunion and I had been excited thinking about seeing all of these guys and catch up with each other. As I’m sure you can relate to, sometimes life just takes over and even though we don’t stay in contact as much as we’d like, we all know that we’re always there for one another.

At least that’s what we always thought…almost taking it for granted. You see, last year was a tough year for this fun little group of ours…as we sadly lost two of them. It was totally unexpected and so tough to even think (or in this case…write) about.

Good friendsThat was my crew.

The guys I snuck into bars with, went to parties with, the guys that helped through bad breakups, and the guys who were always up for a fun time.

I mean, just look at those smiles. What trouble could we possibly get into?

What’s gone through my mind a lot over the last several months is…

Why didn’t I talk to these guys more in my adult life?

I know we all had understood that we were all grown up and had families, careers and homes to tend to. It all takes up so much time and we knew that.

When we did talk or get together, we always picked up right where we left off.

We’d forget about all of those everyday responsibilities and just get a little crazy together. Our taste in booze definitely went up, thank goodness!

Well, I miss these guys, and I will never be able to tell them just how much.

I’m writing this post for a couple reasons. One, because I wanted to get this off my chest. Writing about it was almost a little therapy for me. And two, I wanted to remind everyone to call your friends or get together…just make a little more effort.

Say hi. Let them know you’re thinking about them. Check in on them. I’m certain they will appreciate hearing from you more than you’ll ever know.

I know I would.

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