What has been the best idea I have ever had? That's a tough question for me to answer.....I've had plenty of ideas that were good ideas at the moment. Lots of my ideas resulted in funny situations. For instance, I had the great idea to drive non-stop from Los Angeles to home with two fraternity brothers to drop off a rental car and pick up the new car my parents had bought for me. Problem? We all had to be back in LA by Monday morning for work and didn't begin this round-trip insanity until 2pm on Friday. Probably one of my favorite memories from college, but definitely not my brightest idea.
I had the great idea of buying a baby grand piano while doing my graduate work. I figured out that my bed could fit in the little space next to the closet so I would have room for the instrument. Didn't think that one through though. Getting out of bed every morning was interesting......and often painful. It was difficult to hop over the foot of the bed at 6am without hitting my toe.....my shin......or anything else! Not a pleasant memory, but the sound was wonderful! Sadly, I had to finally admit that I had to give up the baby grand for a more sensible console.
There were lots of other great ideas. Rushing a fraternity after being rejected two times -- and the last time was just a week earlier -- shows that I'm a glutton for punishment. (I wouldn't change it for the world, but really......sometimes I need to learn to take a hint!) Playing flag football in the park? Sports and I do not mix. That was proven when I ended up on crutches for the next 6 weeks of the semester. I could go on and on here.......driving home from Los Angeles for Thanksgiving break with a friend (left on Wednesday and back on Saturday.......stupid drives were a trend for me in college.......), leaving my car parked in a Malibu parking lot for a month until it finally got towed (What can I say? I was busy everyday for the whole month!), and taking a fateful trip to Hawaii that went from good to bad to funny and then back to a blast (Tiff, I will always remember seeing lobsters in the mountains behind your house and our whale watching excursion)!
You probably don't see the common denominator, but I certainly do. The best idea I have made over and over is to invest in relationships with people. I have learned how important it is to treasure those relationships that keep you grounded, joyful, and honest while letting those relationships go that bring you despair, frustration, and trouble. Friends near and far, though we may not talk as often as we should and don't see each other as often as we would like -- even if it has been years -- know that you are still treasured, valued, and have a special place in my heart always. You are truly the best decision I ever made!