I spent a glorious day out visiting two very dear friends. Both were friends who I had met many years ago in different phases of my life. The first friend I got to catch up with was a dear friend who is living far away in Darwin at the moment. Down South for a visit I had arranged to meet her for a few precious hours.

Now I haven’t seen this friend for many months, maybe even two years? But sitting there together it felt that it had only been a few days at the most since we had last talked. And talk we did, the hours flew, and we covered all sorts of topics, with laughter and joy, and it was glorious. In 2012 I’d been so caught up with my ovarian nightmare, that I had completely withdrawn, not seeing anyone, and just getting by. Chronic Pain does this to you – narrows your focus, until that’s all there is.

But I had forgotten the sheer joy of sitting with a good friend, and just passing the time of day through glorious enriching interaction. Oh it was wonderful to see her, and even better to spend time talking about everything and anything.

I met my other friend, where we do our finest work, at a bar overlooking the Yarra River, there with a glass of wine, we solved all the problems of the country. It was a different sort of catch up – nonetheless great and a reminder to me that nothing beats catching up with a good friend and sharing with them the joys of friendship.

Our friends come in all different shapes, from the elderly neighbour who has a chat with you while you’re out pruning the roses in your pajamas (Yes I do), to the friend you talk to over the phone once a year, they all form a circle of people around you, who will lift you up, and in my case, provide the necessary ingredient to life – companionship.

And having companions on this rich journey we are all on, makes life so much easier.



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