First, it was David Tubb. He and I would do things together all the time. We've been to the theatre together, trekked through fields, climbed under barbed wired fences, gone out to dinner together, played video games, made videos, made comic strips, gone to Christmas events and a huge list of other things. All of it was wonderful, but sadly David slowly began to become ill. Due to a very unpleasant illness (which he wrote a superb blog entry about) I now see incredibly little of him, even though we're both very keen to meet up, we just can't. He moved away somewhere quiet to help speed up his recovery, along with Naomi Brennan, his housemate and another friend of mine. I'm very pleased that he still has a friend with him, but also I still get the occasional selfish thought about it being a shame that I don't get to see her anymore either. I also can’t help but feel selfish about writing this, since my mild upset at not seeing people is probably nothing compared to his regular troubles.
Then there's my old friend Elliott Egan. I've known him since about 2007 and in 2011 he left for university. As he's such a kind and reasonable person (with a lovely sense of humour) of course I really enjoy spending time with him, even if that time is in a night club. Recently, I had the rather misguided idea that he'd be back to Corsham once his course was over (which was silly, since it's a nursing course, and there wouldn't be many jobs of that kind here) and recently I had the most wonderful surprise when I saw he'd sent a lunch invitation to my phone. Of course, I accepted this, but it was while I was there that he told me he'd be permanently moving away and that he had no plans to live in Corsham again, which was sad. At the end of the lunch he said "Bye, Adam, I'll see you..." and I got excited because I thought he was going to name a day during the week "sometime next year probably."
My friend Mairi Mac Arthur has always lived in London, so it might seem strange that I feel sad about her moving away from there when I never lived there myself. But I've regularly visited Mairi for a few years now, and I've always had nice, fun days out with her. She may not have lived in Corsham (or even Bath) but in my mind she was always a 'current' friend, and if I ever had a strong urge to pay her a visit there was nothing stopping me from doing so. So that's why I was a little sad to find she was moving to Scotland (which is out of my range). I arranged a 'Goodbye Day' and we had lots of fun together before I went back home. When I got on the train, I was still very happy because of the high of a nice day out, but it slowly dwindled into a sort of melancholy as I began to think of how days like that may become rarer.
I must say, that I find it strange that I have so few anecdotes on here about my friend Rory MacLellan. Rory is infinitely kind and helpful and I've spent such a huge amount of time with him that it seems odd that I scarcely write about it. I guess the explanation is that we just do nice things together which wouldn't be all that exciting for somebdy to read about, but are very exciting to take part in. Funnily enough, he also moved to Scotland, and at the same time as Mairi! I certainly enjoy fun coincidences like that, and I'd enjoy it even more if it didn't mean Rory were moving away. We watched some Doctor Who together during my last visit, and I had the feeling of not wanting to leave as the day drew to its end because I knew that would be the last time for a while that I'd get to spend time with him.
And finally there was my friend Tülin. It's actually rather funny, in a sad way, because before the last time I met up with her, I had actually suggested making it a 'Goodbye Day' because I had a feeling I'd not get to see much of her anymore, but she insisted that we'd still see each other lots and I was just needlessly worrying, and now that was the last I saw her before she arranged to move to a place far away (and out of my range). She's done some extremely kind things for me in the past, and her help in getting me to overcome certain anxieties has been invaluable. No longer do I have somebody to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation with, and in a rather silly way, now I'll feel a bit sad when I watch it by myself.
And so I've been a little sad lately because so many of my friends have 'disappeared'. I almost wrote something along the lines of "so, I've lost a lot of friends lately" but I haven't lost any of them. I still love them all deeply, and I'm sure the feeling is at least partially mutual and with things like Facebook, I'll never lose contact with them. I also realise that this must seem a very selfish sounding entry; instead of being happy for all of my friends who have exciting new beginnings, I'm wallowing in self-pity. But I am still happy for them, and proud of them, I am just also sad that I will no longer be able to share their company. I feel like a chick that stayed in the nest while his brothers and sisters left to become wonderful eagles.
But on the bright side, at times like this, I can appreciate the friends I can still see even more. I should be sure to spend as much time as possible with friends like Oscar Taylor-Kent, Chloe Ward, Sophie Marie Mills and others who are not far away. I also don't mean to imply I'll never see the people mentioned in here again, another bright side is that when I next say them, that'll be something else I'll be able to appreciate even more.
(Sorry for a rather personal entry today.)
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