It is the beginning of Fall in Kyoto. The young women rent kimono and wear them for the day as they go shopping or hang out with friends. These three young ladies were particularly noticeable as I had never seen any of these patterns before. As we all waited for the street light to change I was reminded of what it was like to be a young girl in the city having fun with my best friends. The ability to wear such a beautiful example of their country’s history only amplifies the excitement of feeling young and free.
When we are established and living the life we have chosen it can be hard to remember when we were still figuring out who we are and what we want to be when we grow up. The people we spent time with have such an enormous impact on how free we feel to be the person we are inside, so much so that we forget when we are older that those people formed a lot of who we are and how we think. Our friends built us up or tore us down, and sometimes it was both.
So what kind of friend are you? At your current age and station in life are you the friend that encourages or the one that always finds fault or knows a better way to do things? Do your friends always want to be around you or do they often find a way to leave early? We all want the friend who makes our life better and for that to really happen we have to be that kind of friend first. So when you interact today with the friends you cherish be the type of friend you have always wanted to have knowing that your efforts will pay off in the end.