In Praise of Tangential Conversations

I spent the afternoon with two of my dear friends having a wonderfully relaxing conversation that went all over the place.

It was delightful to have my brain off-leash and to feel safe that I would be listened to and understood.

Our topics were broad-ranging, minuscule and enormous, superficial and nuanced – we covered it all.

It was full of ideas and connection and absolutely perfect.

I wish everyone had the same opportunity on a regular basis.

Real Live Conversation

A gif of Spongebob Squarepants with the word conversation appearing over his head.
Image description: GIF of the character Spongebob from the show Spongebob Squarepants (a rectangular yellow sponge with huge eyes and skinny arms and legs who wears shorts, and a shirt and tie) moves his arms over his head and as he spreads his hands, a rainbow appears. The word ‘Conversation’ is in white at the top of the GIF.

Largely by happy accident, I ended up in a delightful and lengthy conversation with my dear friend Alex M those evening.

It was so wonderful to be able to sit unmasked (at a safe distance) and to be able to have the sort of long, rambly, connected-but-not-direct conversation that I must enjoy.

One of the weirdnesses of the pandemic is how carefully planned everything has had to be. And that has meant that more of my conversations have had to be more focused, direct, and clearly purposeful than I prefer them to be.

It was an absolutely treat to be able to reconnect and chat freely, I look forward to more of those conversations in the future.