August 6, 2011, will be known as the second time of the year I decided to take some extended time off from my normal work duties. I usually would have no part of taking any time off staying in Vancouver as I feel my time usage during the regular times I have off is more than enough to be considered time off. I am somewhat of a workaholic, with an odd thinking of vacation time as being away from one’s own city. So why the time off, did I burn out, am I going away, did I decide to just relax?
The answer to my week off is actually having a long time friend come visit me from a place that I would consider pretty far. Knowing someone for 14 years, and also the distance being traveled, would make me take time off to welcome a friend who has not been in Vancouver for 8 years. I have been told by many that I can be spontaneous as of late, and the last time I rediscovered my own city, this person came to it. I hope to do some of the same without burning myself out too much.
I am at a very interesting time in my own life, many things have changed over the course of the last few months, and to have this break, not from reality, but break to fully grasp all the changes, and share in them with a close friend is a nice change. Friends come and go in our lives, and some can say that true friends never change, but I see a different take to this phrase. I think the relationship among friends also changes to a point where they become more transparent, with extreme clarity and communication.