Do you remember when you were a child and you’d meet other kids, play with them and instantly felt like you had a new best friend? It wasn’t the length of time that established the friendships— it was a connection of energy that upon reflection seems so magical. Sadly, as our teen years descended upon us, friendships became more complicated. Gossip entered the picture. Later as we dated, relationships became more puzzling as we tried to find that partner who would love us for who we are, which in many ways is a giant compromise, and maturely so, since we’re all unique and have a different set of experiences that have combined to merge the nature and nurture aspects of our complex personalities. Sometimes for sure it all seemed just so difficult to relate and connect. Although many people would describe me as outgoing— I remember breaking into hives, twenty years ago on the night of my 20th High School Reunion. I had to wear a turtleneck on a hot June night! To my amazement, it turned out to be a completely comfortable, very relaxing and fun evening. It seemed everyone had mellowed. The conversation was easy and kind. As I’ve reflected on this, I’ve observed that age has somehow enabled me to make new friendships that resemble those spontaneous friendships of youth. I connect easier. The conversations seem to reach a deeper level more quickly—almost as if I’ve known the other person for years. Gone are the days of worrying about every word. Instead this has been replaced with a sense of valuing collaborations and a more precipitous appreciation of the wisdom and experience that another can bring to my life. It is marvelous to be at a stage when if we are attuned, we can embrace the connectedness, the oneness, we have with others. Time loses its impact. Instead, love seems to rule the day. Here I am in this #photo with Gordana Kojic — @gk_lolla —who reached out to me via #Instagram and asked to collaborate on a #photography series she envisioned. I agreed to meet this #Serbian born #artist very early one morning on a street in Soho, that I’d never been to in my 30 years living in #NYC It was a magical morning and within moments, I felt like we were soul sisters. Although we had lived very different lives, in different countries, on opposite continents—we connected in an extraordinary way. It still reflects in our conversations and so many of the photos we take together. We laugh like children and share deep conversations. This new sense of self that is a gift of our years is a priceless contribution we bring to every relationship: not only friendships, but work or anything else we opt to do with our time. How are you experiencing yourself within new collaborations, friendships and moments of every kind?
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