So I blew it again. Let the days activities distract me from my responsibilities and went to bed without posting. Realized my mistake a couple hours ago and sat in bed thinking I’ll just backdate it when I get up. That logic didn’t work though. If it had, I would have fallen back asleep and let my mind wander to wonderful places. Instead, I laid in bed thinking about how I’d be letting my best friends down on an obligation we all agree to and which we all thoroughly enjoy. That makes it tough to even call it an obligation. The word itself carries a negative connotation especially in today’s culture of quick wins and inward focus. However, friends and family relationships come fully loaded with obligation that leads to the joy of having that person in your life. Relationship naturally requires you to think of someone else first and stay with it for the long haul…sometimes with competing interests in other relationships. That’s when you really know who your friends and family are and why you love them. It makes you get out of bed at 3 AM because you don’t want to let them down. It makes you stick with it even when you know the long haul will have challenges. It brings you the greatest joy when you can get those fleeting moments of together time between college studies, work hours, long commutes, and frenzied social schedules…all obligations that pale in comparison to the obligations that matter.