I have always believed that I was rich… in my social relationships.
Humans are designed to build social capital, “ the network of social connections that exist between people, and their shared values and norms of behavior, which enable and encourage mutually advantageous social cooperation.” (Dictionary.com)
The photo above embodies my recent relationships I have built in the last five years.
In this photo, you see four amazingly talented windsurfers. The woman on the far left, me, is still learning this difficult sport. Each of these women has been windsurfing for over 20 years. They all have amazing stories, from currently raising young children to building and owning her own home in Baja.
Each of these women have helped me with my windsurfing journey. One bad day sailing a downwinder, I couldn’t do anything but swim with my gear. I had been thrown around and was exhausted. Two of these gals were walking along the levy, saw me struggling, and called out various tricks to help me, to no avail, but they tried.
The gal on the far right is in her 60s and is remarkably talented in many ways, in addition to windsurfing. She opened her home to me and my hubbie in Baja, and let us use her windsurf gear. This allowed me to sail for several days which improved my skills dramatically.
The brunette in the middle has helped me countless times with suggestions. Last summer when I sailed in the area with all the other windsurfers, I hung in there. Of course I went down several times. As she sailed by, she slowed down and asked if I was OK. That was amazing! Several of these same ladies did the same thing in the course of the entire 30 minutes (seemed like forever).
Again, I have to thank social networking for assisting me with cultivating my relationships. If it wasn’t for Facebook, I would not be happily married to the man I knew in high school. I found an estranged childhood friend from San Diego on Facebook where we converse daily. I even lost a friend because of Facebook!
All that aside, I am blessed with a variety of groups of friends:
Those friends from my church, some I have known since 1986!
Those friends from high school, some who live in my community 500 miles north of where our high school resides.
Those friends from the delta—my windsurf family.
Those friends who are now family as a result of my marriage, who live in Chile, Germany and other exotic locales.
Those friends whom I met on Facebook as a result of a random online game, who I now count as real friends.
Those friends whose children were friends with my children and now can be called friends of mine.
Those friends who I knew from work and even after I retired, still count them as irreplaceable.
Those friends from graduate school, with whom I am connected in many ways.
Those friends who were former students who became my friend on social media.
And last but not least, those friends whom I have met on WordPress…my fellow bloggers with whom I feel connected by intellect and a love for writing and other passions.
Enjoy your friends. Relationships come and go. As we get older, we start losing our friends to eternity. I heard yesterday someone I went to junior high with passed away.
Time is precious. And so are our friends.