Last night in Barcelona and I find myself in El Argentino listening to a single saxophone, my second most favorite instrument after Spanish guitar.
Quite a spectacular way to end. It bookmarks two of the most amazing things I’ve ever done with Mozilla ~ one in Buenos Aires and one in Barcelona. And magically I’ve been to both cities twice and each trip opened my eyes to new ways.
Feels fitting to sit in this restaurant. In this town.
This trip was unique for a number of reasons but it was the friendships that grew that mattered most to me.
I just re-read a text message I sent to someone before I left.
Would love nothing more than to hang out and get to know you better.
Friendship is an odd thing to me. Perhaps it’s just something I reflect on more as I approach my 40th birthday.
With the exception of the small circle of college friends whom I still keep in occasional contact with, most of the friends I’ve had in life disappear as life changes, as jobs change.
I want a change. I spend an inordinate amount of time with friends I work with, the ones who make my job a fun place to go to everyday. It is these people who I want to keep as friends outside of work.
On this trip I changed how I related to them. It wasn’t really hard. They probably don’t know it but I really like them. They fascinate me, they interest me. Each has differing shared experiences with me that no one else can relate to. I moved outside my comfort zone. I let them know I cared about each one.
Sometimes that meant waiting behind to escort a friend home. Sometimes it meant skipping on plan A so a friend wouldn’t be left alone.
And then this thing happened. New bonds were formed, barriers removed. It felt entirely right to share meals with each other, to order a couple dishes and simply share (tapas certainly helps that but it was more than the style of food.). Felt good.
You saved a seat for me when I was running late. I wanted to wait for you when you were running late. You waited for me, you included me. You shared with me, I shared with you. We explored together.
Is this what friendship is?
To each of you who made my trip something I couldn’t have imagined otherwise, I love you all. Thank You.