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What I learned on my summer vacation.

The hubby and I just got back from a really, really fun vacation in Key West. We rented a couple of houses with a group of 13 friends. We did the fishing charter thing (only came back with one, but that was okay with me because I was just lying on the front of the boat catching rays and refused to ‘call in’ the fish so the others could catch them….), we did the sunset cruise thing (totally a highlight so do it if you ever get the chance), and we did the Duval Street thing (Bars, shopping, and walking. Not for the weak at heart…).

But the best thing we did was kick back, be ourselves, talk and laugh, and get to know one another on an even deeper level.

Some of the group we went with have been our friends for years and years and years. Some for just years and years. Others for just like a year. So it was really great to be together out of our usual element. It’s one thing to be with folks in a work or party situation but entirely another to be with them in a sort of living situation. And let’s admit it, the potential for issues in a situation like that can be high!

I was talking late at night one night to another couple there. We were saying how even though there’s most likely something in all of us that some or all of the others just can’t stand it didn’t matter. (Hell, I could probably tell you what it is in myself that my friends can’t stand!) But you do stand it. Because they’re your tribe. And they’re good people. And in the long run, no matter what, they have your back.

I guess my point in this blog is to say that I’m finding it really, really, really important these days to surround yourself with folks that have your back. That doesn’t mean we have to agree with one another on everything. And we don’t in this group. But we don’t care that we don’t. We don’t judge each other for not being like ourselves.

It may sound funny, but I learned a lot about myself, my world, the person I want to be, and the people I want to surround myself with on my Key West vacation.

And you thought it was all about the drinking…

Live and learn with love…

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