Thursday, February 12, 2009

I am so happy for you

One of the interesting things about social networking sites is re-discovering friends or acquaintances from the past. Sometimes it can lead to awkward interactions and ignored friend requests.

But sometimes it can tell you more about a person that you might have lost touch with. Through friending, one can find out information about where that person is at, what they ended up doing, where they work now, etc.

One person I recently found had a raw deal (my opinion) after graduation. From what I remember, her long term boyfriend had asked her to give up opportunities after graduation so they could be together. Then, a few weeks prior to graduation, they broke up (I believe he broke up with her). Yes, she was just as responsible for giving up that chance, but it was still not exactly fair. I remember her talking about how she struggled to get her feet under her and to make new plans. The opportunity she had passed up was gone.

It's been over ten years, and she and I had lost touch. But I noticed that she's now married, and really happy. I'm not suggesting that being married, having kids or graduating from a grad program (or medical school) equals happiness.

If there's one thing I've learned over the years, there is no guarantee for happiness.

I'm just glad to hear that she is back on her feet and happy. There are a lot of people that I've known over the years that I simply wish every happiness.


Freckle Face Girl said...

Funny, but I was talking to a close/old friend about this very thing today. She was saying how wonderful & successful everyones' lives have turned out to be. She was so happy for all the people we knew in high school. I just laughed b/c I said life always looks better on Facebook. I know mine does. :) Ok, I went off on a tangent.

I do love finding out how their lives have changed. One of our old friends became an art professor, is a bishop, and has 5 kids. Amazing!

Another tangent... I think we are given many opportunities to take big direction changes in our lives. Overall, I would like to think that things work out on either path sooner or later.

Aerin said...

Oh - it's true - people always put their best foot forward. Only saying quietly (usually in private) about things they've struggled with. It's true that life always looks better when you try to shape it to look better.

I agree with you completely about opportunities to make changes - things do work out (although sometimes not like you expected).