I had a busy weekend.
It started with a mountain bike ride in the Pacific Palisades. I’ve got a couple of old friends that have started riding with me every week, and this weekend we were joined by an old buddy who moved to New Zealand a few years back. He only comes to town once every couple of years for a few days, and spends the majority of his time in meetings, so every minute with him is precious.
And he loves outdoor sports. We dug up a spare bike and helmet and hit the trails together. It turned out to be a great ride, and afterwards we went out to lunch and enjoyed an hour or so of conversation. In between, while a couple of the guys were checking out a car, I had the chance to hang back and take a moment.
I had one of those out-of-body observations, where you look at yourself and what’s happening with a shocking clarity. In that moment I was suddenly aware of how fortunate I am to have these friends, these moments.
I’d barely got home when I was on the road again, this time to go help work on the Mars Rover Art Car, a project I’m helping to build: it’s a replica of the Curiosity Rover, but with a ton of LED lights, room for passengers, and a grill on the back. It’s primarily for Burning Man, and the people building it are uniformly generous, joyful folks – great fun to hang out with.
Then I was off to meet my brothers and a mutual friend for drinks, in a little place downtown – turned out to be a wild night. Again, I was struck by the fortune; both my brothers have recently moved back to Los Angeles, and it’s great to have them around to hang out with.
The next morning I saw them again, as we made breakfast for my dad, and then went off to the movies. Sunday afternoon was spent with my friends again, and the weekend wrapped up with dinner in Chinatown. Somewhere in there somebody complained that we don’t see each other enough, and someone else said, “Oh, well, you know–life gets in the way.”
“No, it doesn’t,” I was quick to say. “This is life. This, right here. All that stuff that gets in the way is the bullshit we put up with so that we can live.”
And that’s the truth. Time spent with friends, with family – time spent simply enjoying yourself and the world around you, that’s life. I hope yours is going as well as mine.