Throughout my life I have always made friends quite easily. It wasn’t so much the case when I was a little girl. In fact I was very shy growing up and had only a few close friends in high school. Throughout the years as my confidence in myself has grown so has my ability to talk to people and form close, deep friendships. The sad part about this business that I love is forming those friendships and then always knowing that one day I would have to leave. This was hardest when I left Eugene. I had reached a point where I knew that on my hardest days I could always pick up the phone and have somebody who would listen. I had a ritual when I got to work in Eugene where I would put my stuff away and first walk down to the weather center and fill in my best friend and co-anchor Seth about my day. I always knew no matter what he had my back. (the picture is me with Seth and Kelly)
Another close friend of mine Kelly Koopmans also worked with me. We spent many of my last weeks in Eugene spending every waking moment together. These were good times and times that I will cherish forever. Now that I am in a new state I am also making many new friends along with way. I have to keep reminding myself that it takes time to form deep relationships with people and that it doesn’t and cannot happen overnight. True friendships are formed through many memories and experiences together. I read an article when I came here that was telling. It stated that when you move to a new place “showing up is 80% of the battle”..I tend to agree. Now whenever I am invited to do something even if I don’t really want to go I tell myself that it’s a chance to learn something or meet someone new. I have already met so many amazing people and it’s also exciting to meet a whole new batch of friends. What was that saying in Girl Scouts that I learned so long ago? Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.
Cheesy? Sure. But it’s true.
Call your friends and keep in touch!
Posted under January 2012
This post was written by nchughtai on January 26, 2012