Friends are many things; confidants, interim therapists, drinking partners, life partners and co-conspirators but they are also a wonderful distraction from one's (usually stressful) every day life. My few trips to see my close friends form some of this year's most precious memories. Friends afford you the kind of brash sarcasm and flippancy that sometimes can't be accommodated in your professional or academic life; with them conversation can easily move from in-depth topics to spirited chats about how we can't resist Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot N---a' because "that beat!". I live for these moments.
This is a very brief showcase of one treasured weekend of welcome, friend-filled distraction. May there be more and more.
Also, why am I looking into the ocean like it holds the answers to life's questions? I will never know.