In the blink of an eye your life can change. The tides can turn at any moment.
Every relationship, friendship, acquaintance you experience throughout your lifetime will affect you in someway. Whether it be a positive or negative change is entirely up to you and who you so choose to conspire with. Whatever the case may be, you will be apart of moments, witness every facet of human emotion, and learn who you are based on these interactions. We are on a journey, these companions our cast, our crew.
Being with everyone we loved for the last ten days brought about a great deal of emotion. We realized our attachments to certain people, distance in some relationships came to light, and the brevity of life smacked us across the face on multiple occasions.
The tides are turning, change is on the horizon.
Coming face to face with friendships beginning to dwindle over the distance, made our hearts ache, a sad truth that wounded our spirits. The reality of how living 2,000 miles apart can change relationships becomes more evident the longer we are away. However, it has also made some friendships grow much, much stronger. We are able to have more transparency and acceptance with those few people. Having the grace to accept the change and the trust to know that there is greatness in the relationships we choose to keep close has become prevalent in our daily lives. The fact is, you can only invest so much of yourself into so many people before you feel tapped out and warn thin; so knowing where your boundaries lye helps to hold your wandering heart together.
Tides are turning, churning in your soul, there may be a storm before you find shore.
Over the course of your life time you may never be faced with the weight of how much a relationship means to you, and if you are spared consider yourself extremely lucky. Tragedy, sickness, joy, and passion bring people together in the best/worst way imaginable; though they can also tear you apart if you aren’t careful. Imagine for a moment someone you hold dear is very sick, in such a way however, you may never be faced with the reality on a daily basis. But then, one fateful day, while out with friends, a symptom of their illness rears its head form cryptic slumber, showing its cruel, ravaging, face for the first time. There is a deep attachment, fear, compassion, and confusion that rages through your veins, pulling your heart close to theirs, leaving you weak and at a loss. How could this be? They are fine, right? Life couldn’t possibly be so vicious.
Tides are turning, you feel lost at sea, your comrades gather around you, you have each other to make it through.
All of this, all of these things, come together. Forming the great voyage every person must take. Mutiny, rough seas, madness and paradise lost may indeed be a part of the journey. But never has a friendship, relationship, or acquaintance become more strong then when it has endured a trial.
The tides are turning, you are headed home, gently drifting through the wake, cradled between sea and sky, ushered into the greatness that lyes ahead.