Friendships – Why do we need them?

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I’ve just come back from a lovely coffee date with a girlfriend, a first time mother of a gorgeous little girl. We catch up two or three times a month over a warm brew, and every time we’re both bursting to the brim with exciting new information to tell each other – health tips, great podcasts or small town gossip. As I sit here today reflecting on our conversation I can’t help but feel content, and grateful, for long lasting friendships.

I can honestly say that all of my friendships have stood the test of time, and I’m pretty proud of it. I’ve known two of my closest friends since around Grade 4, having gone through all the fun teenage things like pimples, boys and silly fights together. Thrown in there was of course, the sad things too – moving cities, break ups, deaths, and the inevitable highs and lows of maintaining a friendship that’s spanned nearly two decades. Ultimately though, it’s pretty amazing knowing someone for that long and still having stuff to talk about. We know each other inside out and back to front, but still surprise each other sometimes – and that’s important I think. We all need to grow, spread our wings and fly.

Then there’s the crazy bunch of people I met at University in the last 8-10 years, who have all stuck by my side through hilarious stories and chapters in life. The share-housing, the pizza nights, the drunken nights, the ones who’ve held my hair back as I’m hurling into a toilet. The ones who’ve travelled all over the world, but when we get together again it’s like no time has passed, and you can pick up right where you left off. The thing I like about this bunch is that we’re all from regional Queensland – Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay. Our dynamics as a group are wonderful, and I’m looking forward to what our future holds with a smile on my face.

Lastly there’s the odd assortment of people I’ve met through working in the hotel industry over the last four years, a random bunch of people thrown together with one goal – good customer service. These are the people that see how you react under intense pressure, deadlines and difficult guests. They see you stressed out, put on the spot and can’t help but scrutinise your professionalism, thinking patterns and workplace habits. Getting together outside of the workplace is always interesting – you’ve known each other in one dimension only, and seeing them in ‘free dress’ and talking without boundaries is always a bit of an eye-opener. Ultimately though, you can pick out the ones you’ll click with from an early stage. Once you’ve farted in front of them, commented on their smelly shoes or revealed how you think the guy in the bar is super cute, the friendship is solid.

I think it’s incredibly important to have a variety of friendships from all walks of life, to give us the social outlets we need as humans. That personal connection with people is essential to personal development – we need to feel ‘included’ in certain circles and feel like we’re part of something, contributing to society. I’m truly grateful for all the people who’ve stuck around over the years, and while I sometimes might become reclusive or distant while dealing with my own issues, I’ll always come back with an open hand.

You know who you are 🙂

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Photo credits – hubs_united & multefitt

Tale as old as time…

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Song as old as rhyme…

You know the rest. I’m writing this post in great anticipation of the re-worked wonder of Beauty and the Beast, set to hit cinemas this month. I am honestly in complete awe of Disney, having captured the hearts and imaginations of the world for many decades now. How do they stay so current yet in the same breath, transport us to a magical far off land? In the same moment they manage to deliver hard hitting (yet simply told) stories of life, while giving us a chance to escape from this reality, for a little while at least.

Growing up I couldn’t decide between The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast as my favourite, but would happily watch all of the classics over and over again. From Princess Jasmine to Cinderella, each story had their own wonderfully woven life lessons, colourful characters and toe-tapping songs. They don’t make them like they used to! I hear this sentiment all the time, and it’s so true. There’s nothing quite like the sound of an old Disney movie and the opening credits with that incredible castle. Today’s children’s movies are graphically perfect, but in doing so lack that charming, crackling feel that we all came to know and love.

So while I’m greatly looking forward to this re-imagined tale of Beauty and the Beast, and will sing-a-long to all my favourite tunes, I’ll do so with a nod of respect to the original (and still wonderful) version. Thank you Disney for providing a lifetime of beautiful stories, and for making each day just a little bit sweeter 🙂

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Photo credits – ohhcouture & jesuso_ortiz