I recently caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. You know how it is, you promise each other you’ll get together but somehow life gets in the way and weeks become months seemingly in the blink of an eye.
It’s all too easy to slip into a routine after a busy day at work. That bottle chilling in the fridge is calling to you as is the latest boxset at your fingertips. You can gorge yourself on back to back episodes and live your life vicariously through the characters on the screen.
Going out takes effort: making plans, getting dressed up. Going out means unknown variables: how are you going to get there? Will the place you’re going to be any good? Will you enjoy yourself? Stack up all those unknowns against a glass of wine, a remote control and finding out what happens next in the latest story you are hooked by and it’s hard for real life to compete.
But don’t let the boxset win out. Don’t take the easy option. I spent the fastest three and a half hours of my life enjoying fabulous food in a restaurant with a great atmosphere catching up with an old friend I have known for (eek!) over thirty years.
The evening flew by full of laughter, tears, reminiscences and great stories. We weren’t quite the last to leave but almost. You know the restaurant staff are getting antsy when they start laying out the tables for the following day’s service! That said, they never tried to hurry us along.
When we said goodbye we promised each other we wouldn’t leave it as long. It’s an old familiar refrain. We all do it, right? And then life consumes us once more and the pages of the calendar turn faster and faster. Will it be any different this time? I hope so because I came away fulfilled, re-energised and happy.
I have yet to find a boxset, however gripping, that has the same effect.