I value my relationships with friends and family.  I feel that in today’s world it’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life and absorbed in technology that meaningful relationships fall through the cracks.  I’m not expert of maintaining connections but I do try and make a conscious effort to spend time with people.  With family this isn’t so odd but with friends it occasionally leaves me feeling like a stalker.  After reading this New York Magazine article about courting friends I suddenly felt progressive.

It’s not easy to make friends.  I basically only had one friend at a time for the first 16 or so years of my life.  I made some profound decisions about what I wanted out of life when I was in college and as a result I have many friends today.  Being young and childless I feel like now is the time to really invest in relationships so I don’t lose them when life starts to get in the way.

Part of this strategy is ODKB: Operation Donnie Kelly Baby (named by Danny).  It’s my thought that perhaps I can build a friendship between some of my very best girlfriends who are in the same stage in life and looking for the same things so that when things start to get really tricky we don’t feel isolated.  Sure, it might be a little silly and far fetched but to my great surprise my targets have all been open to the idea.  I’ve initiated a couple “phases” in ODKB and so far they’ve gone really well.  I figure I’ll spend the next few months doing my best courting and see what happens.

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