I've been a member of the Track Your Happiness Project for several years now. That's important, I'll get back to it shortly.
Today, I was having a conversation with Maya about the nature of our relationship, over my lunch hour. Maya has been my very good friend for more than a decade, and my more-than-a-friend for several years now.
It's hard to define what we are to one another. We don't have a good word for it, ourselves. She's always been there for me, and for Missy, too. She's helped me through some incredibly painful things, as I have for her. We love one another very much.
Having a unique, Indefinable relationship isn't all rainbows and Jelly Babies though. Sometimes it's challenging. I had a bit of an epiphany over something I haven't been doing well for a while, and called her up, excited to open the hood of this thing, and maybe tinker with the spark plugs of it with her.
We did. It was a great talk.
During the talk, I got a text from the Happiness folks, and they asked me "To what extent are you growing as a person as a result of what you're doing right now?"
My answer: A LOT.
The neat thing about these sorts of moments is that they help me grow holistically. I learn a little bit more about who and what I am, and how I relate to those I care about each time I have one of these "growth opportunities."
I'm pretty lucky.