On Saturday, Tara and I snuck away on an early Valentine's rendezvous at Sin e', an Irish pub, in downtown Richmond. I love places like this. We used to visit Tir Na Nog, another pub, in Raleigh when we lived there. Both are very rustic in appearance, in an old world style, lots of wood and stone. Curious quotes by an ancient pagan poet adorn the ceiling.
The food was amazing, Fish n' Chips of course. It was hard to steer away from the Shepherd's Pie, arguably my favorite food, but I had heard stories of the fish, which I will attest to now.
What I enjoy more than the decor and the food is the environment. The pub is a place of gathering, when no one's a stranger, only a friend yet met. The stones ring with stories, shared by companions on the journey. If only we could capture that essence and transport it with us.
A significant life is only possible through significant relationships. When I look back at how my life has been shaped over the years, as much as it was the situations or events, it was equally the people that I shared them with. Not casual acquaintances, but those that I have allowed behind the exterior armor. Those that I live life with, not just regale with stories that create false importance or fool to think I have it all together all the time.
What significant relationships have shaped your life?