Glorious Saturday Afternoon

It’s amazing to think how much has happened this last year. Exactly one year and one day ago today was the Summer Party 2004 to mark the end of the University year and the official start to student summer (you can read all about what we got up to this time last year in this entry). Well now is Summer Party 2005, and the lot of us, older and wiser, went down early with a disposal BBQ, lots of meat and beer, and camped out on the downs in the glorious sun, and sat off listening to music and having a great time. Karl Kennedy from Neighbours was the “special mystery guest” and he was there with his band playing covers of oasis songs. It was a glorious afternoon. We didn’t stay for the whole night (having learnt what a disappointment that was last year), but instead lazed around in the sun having a great time. It’s still light out now as I am writing this, and it’s wonderfully warm.
So we were talking about how much we had all changed since last year and everyone (excluding me the old, responsible, working man) was amazed to think that this time next year they would be finished uni. The topic jumped back and forward between the past and the future. Where everyone thought they would be heading after Uni, where was the best place we travelled to last summer, what was everyone’s plans for this summer, when did we all meet each other originally. Maybe because I am such and old man, and am still looking at it from a semi-outsider perspective, but it was startling to me how much everyone had changed and grown up in the last year. We were playing spot the first years, and I couldn’t fathom that everyone with me was a first year just a year ago. They seemed so different. We all grown and change constantly through life, but I think that one of the most pivotal periods is your life is that first year after highschool, when you leave the security of school and enter the real world. I feel lucky to have been privileged enough to be a part of that year for all of my friends here. They are such fantastic people, fantastic friends, and I’ve really missed them all these past couple of months when we’ve been apart.
I’ve been lucky like that all through life now that I think about it. Other that a few rare instances I’ve always had fantastic friends who I get on well with and trust and respect. They have provided support, comfort, jokes and fun. I can just sit and hang out with them all day doing nothing much at all, I can travel to exotic places with them, I can rant and vent to them when I’m stressed, I can rant and rave to them when I’m in love. My friends have been there for me, with me, though so much. I miss you guys, wherever you are in the world. Friends in the US I’ve never met personally but whom I’ve told everything to. Friends back in Aus that I left behind. Friends here in my new home, who I don’t get to see enough of.
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. – Albert Camus
Thanks again for The Fall Al. It really meant a lot to me.
Written while lying on Nikkie’s bed, while she studies for her final physio exam, listening to her sing along to U2’s greatest hits. Nikkie is my closest confidant, a fantastic, thoughtful, caring, and wonderful friend. I love her more than the world. I am the luckiest.

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