I attended the funeral of an old friend yesterday. Which was sad, of course, but the… I can’t say ‘service’ because it was non-religious and ‘event’ seems too festive… the gathering was a celebration of his life more than anything else.
On a slightly brighter note, it gave me the opportunity to meet some other old friends. Friends I haven’t seen in a very long while. Time and circumstances, and my weird social issues, have kept us apart. A death always pushes me to examine my own life. To consider: am I living the way I should? Am I the person I aspire to be? The answer, right now, is: not quite yet.
I have resolved that I must strive to be more sociable. Try to spend some real time with real people – family and friends. That doesn’t devalue my virtual life at all. I consider my online chums to be the modern equivalent of pen pals and wouldn’t give them up for the world. However, as much as I crave and treasure my solitude, perhaps you can have too much of a good thing… Perhaps.