Ah, the New River Gorge. It’s home. But ever since I moved back to West Virginia years ago, I’ve wanted to go visit all of my friends in Atlanta. They make me laugh like no one else can.
Somehow, though, something always seemed to get in the way. Money. Work. Bad Timing. Sound familiar?
Here’s the truth, though: excuses don’t mean a lot to good friends. You need to see each other.
And all of our lives are busy. Here’s what my friends are up to:
- Riss is a teacher who has taken on a lot more responsibility at her job, meaning extra stress.
- Joey is the manager of Bliss Spa at the W Hotel and he and his partner have a side business doing healthy, catered boxed meals.
- Tana works all of the time and volunteers for the ALS foundation.
- Rett is teaching at four different colleges in the Atlanta area.
It wasn’t easy for all of us to get back together. And that’s kind of my point; it’s not easy for anyone.
But it was worth every second.
We always tell outsiders that hanging out with us is like getting jumped into a gang or joining the military. We break you down and build you back up. When we were all together, it was like a cavalcade of memories and stories. We laughed so hard, we were hurting.
Again, sound familiar?
One morning, I got up and was going to mess with Tana. But her Scott Sixth Sense was in full effect. As I sneaked up on her ready to pounce, she opened her eyes and said “Don’t think about it.” We laughed and cracked open the champagne, which is a pretty nice way to start the day.
It made me think of this: When you reconnect with friends like that it reconnects you with yourself. And, in a way, that’s all we do here at ACE. Reconnect people. Cool, eh?
So, let me ask: when was the last time you reunited with your crew?
I humbly suggest that you make a plan with your old crew and come and rendezvous here. Don’t let years go by like I did before you make the trip.
Because, you know what? You’re probably not going to get any less-busy anytime soon.