Hindsight

So I definately just stole a towel from the gym this morning. I've never done that before. It was in my hand and I just walked out with it. I didn't notice it until I wiped the sweat from my forehead about halfway home and realized that I've never been able to do that. :)

Anyway, so I had a random run in with someone I knew in high school yesterday and it got me thinking. Its really interesting when you are younger that you get into accepted modes of thinking about certain people... people who were out of your group, or in your group but then seperated. You fall in with a certain crowd and inevitably, their ideas about certain people become generally accepted thinking. Later on, sometimes you are lucky enough to cross paths later in life and realize that these were pretty decent people after all... of course you realize this after you figure out that the crowd you may have been in wasn't all you thought it was cracked up to be either. Its a lesson I've experienced several times and I need to do a better job of remembering it. Just because they are your girlfriend's best friend or rooomate, doesn't make them your friend, too. Just because the crowd your in parts ways with someone, doesn't mean they aren't worth keeping around in your own life. Be very careful to judge people by association, because perspective can skew things in odd ways.

Its funny. When I ran into this girl, Lauren, she asked who I still hung out with. Its been over a year since I've seen or heard from Dena, and having this genuinely pleasant run-in with this girl just made me wonder whether I need to be more discerning about who I invest time with in my life.