Rainbows for everyone!
One thing I've been trying extremely hard to do this summer was meet up with old friends and acquaintances. Even after being out of high school for just 3 years it's scary how fast your social circle disintegrates. You don't see anyone anymore due to everyone being in different courses, faculties, Universities and even countries. And even if you're taking the same things everyone is so busy and tired and stressed that they don't want to do anything.
The only person I still consistently see is my girlfriend and that's because I push to spend every spare possible moment with her. People that I would talk to all the time now I'd see maybe, once a month? And that's because we bumped into each other while grabbing coffee. I mean, these weren't just your average friends either. I'm referring to friends that you would run to when you're panicking and stressing out, and they'd slap some sense into you. The kinds of friends you would call at 3AM in the morning to talk with because you had no one else to talk with.
And this is what we've been reduced to. Random coffee buddies who exchange small talk every few weeks due to happy coincidences.
Creepy or sweet? You decide!
It's easier for me to arrange things as I wasn't able to find a job this summer. My schedule is mostly free. But most of my other friends are either working full-time, on vacation, taking summer courses or preparing for the MCAT/LSAT/etc.. Even my girlfriend I see her maybe once a week? I still talk with her on Skype and stuff but it's just not the same. You can't replace physical human contact.
But fortunately I've been mostly successful. I got a chance to meet up with nearly everyone that I wanted to at least once. Even if it was for a quick lunch or dinner to catch up. It's nice to see what they're all up to. Physicists, doctors, investors, engineers and pharmacists, most of them aren't stuck in this stupid limbo of uncertainty like myself so I'm kind of jealous in that aspect. But at the same time, my summer has been a lot more relaxing than theirs.
And I have to push to see them now. Most people don't take the initiative to meet with their friends while they still can and then regret it when they're older. I've seen the patterns, I've listened to the stories of old people not seeing one another for years upon years, except at funerals. I have trouble getting in touch now, I can only imagine how bad it'll be when we graduate or get real jobs.
Or maybe I'm being too pessimistic.
So I make the effort, while I'm still young and we're relatively free. Because I fear that soon, I probably won't see them unless I accidentally bump into them in line at a Starbuck's downtown.