Recently I've been thinking more and more about how important the quality of friendship is.
I've also been making more effort to spend quality time with the friends I don't normally get to see on a regular basis.
Of course its great to host parties and large dinners so you can get all your friends together at the same time, especially when you are not around often and find yourself constantly juggling your diary. Sadly this does mean you don't get to spend good quality time with any single person.
Being an expat, this time spent with good friends, is one of the things that I really miss.
Hours spend doing nothing but walking along the river, or through a park, chatting, is something most people take for granted, but when you can no longer do it as a spur of the moment thing, you realise how much you enjoyed it.
This year I managed a few good dates with friends. I spent a weekend in Rye with one of my oldest girlfriends, 3 days travelling on the Swiss Train network with a friend from Asia and quite a few days out in London with UK based friends. I really enjoy visiting an exhibition, gallery or event (Taste London, Ideal Home Show or Chelsea Flower show) or even just having a long lunch with one friend instead of a group is so much more rewarding than a group date, and it certainly makes up for months of absence punctuated by short Facebook interactions.
I really enjoy these moments and so one of my resolutions for 2015 is to make more time to do this. As much as I'd like it to be in person I have to accept that this may also be a SKYPE moment, but sometimes you have to take what you can get !!
So my message to all of you reading this is to treasure the moments you have with family and friends, don't rush through them, the way so many people do with their busy lives.
Set aside time to really enjoy your friends and the times you are able to be together.
These are the times you will remember and with fondness when NYE 2016 comes around.
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