I read this article in The Daily Mail last week about 5 friends who are on different ends of the salary spectrum (£21,000 to £60,000) and how it affected their friendship. It had me in stitches. Two of my friends sent me the link in the space of 5 minutes so I guess we where all thinking the same thing when we read the article.
I have a close-knit of about 11 friends who are all in very different stages of their lives, single, married, married with kids, engaged, living at home with parents, flat sharing, working full-time, temping etc. The dynamics makes planning a meet up a logistical nightmare. I remember trying to organize a christmas party, 102 emails later we where not any closer to agreeing on a venue or how much to spend on gifts. The last group activity; a trip to the spa took 4 months to plan. We started off we 10 people confirming. 400 email and countless Whats App messages later we where down to 3. Despite that, we had a blast at the spa and ended up spending 4 hours plus in Nandos chatting away; catching up. It’s these moments that make up for a the countless hours invested in emails, What’s App messages and logistics.
The beauty of life is in sharing. Having friends and family to share life with makes it more rewarding. No matter the size of your paycheck there is no fun in buying a pair of shoe you can only wear around the house or go to work in (all dressed up and no one to show mode). Definitely, friends can be annoying and sometimes one gets a pang of envy when someone gets something you have been praying for. However, they are all unique and each bring something special to the table. I always say this prayer in Joel 2; 1, 7-8 for my friends (the bible talks about Gods people marching on and non breaking their ranks). I pray that we all progress with speed, so that when we finally get around to organizing that luxury holiday to Thailand non shall be left behind *winks*