I have probably mentioned this before, but during my relationship with my wife a lot of the friends I had were our friends. They were really my friend by default because Jaime and Jeff were this package deal, and accordingly when we split I realized that I was relatively alone on the friend front.
Luckily, I had become close to a couple of friends who became key players in my mental stability over the last two years. And along the way I was introduced to Jacob Owens, the maker of Conscript, who I have spoken about before. Jacob played a key part in my life over the last year, and might not really even realize the significance he has played. Thru being involved in that one weekend filming his movie, I met a group of people who have become my circle of friends.
It was probably a few months after making that film that I got my first invitation to come out with the group of friends and at first the shy and insecure Jeff wasn't going to go. I have never been one to enjoy uncomfortable situations but this was a really great group of people and they only knew me for me, so I took the chance. And I haven't looked back.
Never before as an adult, have I had a circle of friends that like me for me and not who I am dating or married to. And never before have I felt like I didn't have to hide a certain portion of who I was because of the fear of being judged.
Sidenote: I just scanned my pics trying to find a group shot and realize that I don't really have one... I need to work on that!
And this circle of friends is unlike most circles of friends I have been a part of or witnessed before. They are all great people and great genuine friends. They don't talk behind each other's backs. They don't judge each other. They truly love and support each other and know how to have a good time.
I'm feeling quite blessed that I have met this crew. They came into my life at a point when I truly needed them and for that I will always be grateful. I just hope that some day I can articulate how much they mean to me and that they register my sincerity.