Regular readers know I am doing 50 healthy things in honor of my 50th birthday. Here’s number 33 – making time for old friends.
I just went to happy hour on a Monday night! I never book social events on Monday nights. I am always too focused on starting the workweek, and I usually also try to get a workout under my belt. I never know what the rest of the week will bring, so I start off on a serious note.
However, I have been trying to find a time to reconnect with two friends I’ve known since college, but haven’t seen in ages. We all have busy schedules, and this past Monday night was actually free for all of us. So I broke my Monday night rule, and I’m glad I did. We had so much fun reminiscing about crazy antics in our 20s when we were all single professionals as well as catching up on our current situations.
The venue we chose was actually symbolic. We met at JJ’s, a Kansas City icon that just reopened after almost two years, following a tragic natural gas explosion in which a server was killed. This horrific accident left legions of regulars in mourning. JJ’s has always been the kind of place that feels like home; it certainly embodies the spirit of a brand that makes life better.
As this story mentions, JJ’s regulars anticipated the reopening with a mixture of trepidation and enthusiasm. But it seems that any nerves melted away as old friends picked up right where they left off. I feel privileged that my friends and I were a part of it.