By Jake R. Goldblum B.A. & Todd Wysocki Ph.D
Whether it be an intimate relationship, a friendship, a mentorship or just an acquaintanceship; the people in our lives help us get through things we couldn’t alone and make the good times even better. It is these people who are there for us during the good and the bad. At some point, many of us have gone through a difficult situation, and a friend was there to get us through it, staying with us, commiserating and listening. On the flip side, some of our very best memories come from the time spent with a significant other, traveling together or just hanging out talking or watching TV shows. Mentors, (i.e., teachers, professors, supervisors, friends, siblings, etc.) are there for us unconditionally and often act much akin to friends, yet they typically offer slightly more objective and experience based advice. Then, there are our acquaintances. These are the people we see every day. We say “hi” to them or simply give a knowing nod. However, these people seem to be everywhere we are. Although maybe at times a little disconcerting, there can be comfort in seeing other people living out their lives around us much like we are.
No matter who, people can make life better for us, often times without even realizing it. Remember we too are the lover, the friend, the mentor, and the random person that seems to just pop up everywhere! This can be seemingly overwhelming at times, but ultimately I believe these relationships are what give life meaning. All the achievements and accolades mean nothing if we have to celebrate them alone. I know I do my best to thank the people in my life as often as possible, because I know how hard it can be to stick around for the good AND the bad. So, let’s make life easier on us all and let’s start appreciating these relationships in the moment, but give yourself a pat on the back too. You probably have no idea the impact you’ve had on the lives of others. Keep that in mind the next time you think about ignoring the phone call or text message, getting upset about your partner’s movie choice, or yelling at the worker at Dunkin’ Donuts because it is taking too long. Life is cool, let’s enjoy it together.