The Comedown

The Holidays are a fantastic time. You get to see your loved ones, your friends, and reconnect with so many people. It’s filled with parties, presents, and all sorts of joy. But eventually, the time comes to an end and you find yourself

absolutely wasted.

All it took was one day after for the comedown to hit and man I got to tell you I got sick.

I could feel it coming that day after Christmas. I was moving a little slower, work was harder to focus on, and then by the time the night hit my throat was killing me and it was apparent that I had finally caught the bug that was going around.

So much fun right?

Well, there was nothing I could do at this point except rest, and rest hard. I stayed in bed today until 2:30. Using minimal energy I tactically played my body’s immune system. The less stress I exert on it, the quicker I will heal.

And this has been working. I feel much better now than I did last night, but at this point I realized that I needed to eat. So I got up and decided to move on out to a nearby cafe. I personally find that going outside the house helps me a lot when I am feeling sick. When I go outside when I am sick I feel that it makes me sort of get it together and tough out the sickness some more. A show must go on mentality of sorts. I’m not sure of whether this actually holds any truth or not, but it’s just how I feel.

So now, my food finally came to me and I am going to chow down and get some calories in my system to fight this bug. Hopefully I am all better by tomorrow and I can get back to the same old same old.

 

Stay healthy and Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Just Remember

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(Time is Running Out. Christmas is tomorrow)

Starting last year I became an adult. How so you might ask? Well, I made the transition from receiving Christmas gifts to giving them.

Thats right, Nolan has entered adulthood.

But let’s get one thing straight. The Holiday Season is not really about getting or granting gifts. It is about being around loved ones, more poignantly being remembered.

It is that time of year to let people know that you do think of them. This year I have done a very good job at getting the people close to me a gift. Not necessarily expensive (although a few were), but more importantly something that is related to them. Don’t just go get gifts that anyone give (this is okay if it is for someone not that close or you just simply do not know what to get), but for people that are special to you, they should deserve a special gift.

Put some time into it.

And also don’t think about the price. Everything in life comes with a price. Except friendship, its priceless. Think about it. It’s not that friendship costs nothing; in fact its quite the contrary. Friendship is so valuable you cannot put a price tag on it.

So do not be afraid or unwilling to spend some money on your friends. If you aren’t willing to do that, some friend you are.

Now I understand that some people don’t have money for gifts. Sometimes times are tough. But every year? If you reading this are someone who doesn’t have money for gifts for those close to you this year I want you to resolve to budget some money throughout this year so that during the next Holiday Season you have some to spend on gifts.

And when you get gifts that move your friends. The return is priceless. Giving a gift to a close friend is not a sunk cost. It is an investment. It pays dividends.

Friendships must be maintained, otherwise they die. Don’t let them die. Work at it, get something for your friends. It could be anything. It could be expensive, it could also be on the cheaper side.

But most importantly it should be important. Something to let those people know that you think of them, you know them, and that you remember them.

 

Keep Remembering,

Nolan

The Day After

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Yesterday was a pretty big day for me. As you might have read from my last post I was extremely nervous. What for?

Well,

I met up with my high school sweetheart which I had not seen or had contact with in over eight years.

Talk about a blast from the past.

It all happened because I randomly ran into her mother in the grocery store earlier this week, and then she told me she was going to be flying into town for a few days. Old feelings obviously quickly became stirred up and I thought that it would be very nice to see her.

I reached out and she reached back and we met up.

It was a short-ish meeting. Not for only 10 minutes but maybe 45 or so. We chatted about things and I gave her the best recap I could on where I was at over the past eight years (as much as I could in such a short amount of time at least.)

I still wish I got to hear more about her! She kept wanting me to tell her about me so I kept on going.

It really is strange meeting someone like that. In reality it has been forever, but in another sense it feels like we never were apart.

Very strange feeling. Good feeling, but strange feeling.

At the end when she had to go I gave her a gift that I had made for her this week. She asked if she should open it now and I said no, wait until later. She said she would open it on Christmas. We said goodbye and parted ways for who knows how long. Will there be a next time?

Very strange feeling.

About an hour later I got a text back that she couldn’t wait and that she had opened the gift. She said it was very thoughtful and that it was nice seeing me and Merry Christmas. I returned the same and said I’m always here.

So that was it. Now it’s the day after. She will be heading back to the East Coast, and I will be staying right here. Time to return to normal life and get back to everything I was doing before this week. Just work and work. But that’s good, I’m excited to.

Who knows what I might be up to next time we meet? I plan to have some even better stories for her then.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan