I Ran Into An Old College Friend

It Was Definitely Interesting

‘There are a couple of ways to achieve enlightenment.’

I ran into an old college friend a couple of days ago and that was his reply to the old ‘how are you?’.

I immediately knew that this was going to be an interesting chat.

When I met him at eighteen, we were both aspiring engineering students. In 2018 however, none of us are working as engineers.

He’s a work-life-balance coach and I, well, I don’t even know how to call myself.

I’m definitely not an engineer.

That’s for sure.


Having ‘That’ Conversation Again

Talking to him was fun.

It was crazy unlikely that the two of us would ever meet after college. We live 5000 miles apart and walk in totally different social circles.

But somehow we bumped into each other. I guess the universe wanted us to.

When I first recognized him, I instantly felt a bit nervous because I was about to have ‘that’ conversation again with someone from my engineering past.

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But for the first time ever, the other party was even more nervous than me to have ‘that’ conversation again.

Because he worked several years as an engineer but he had a burn-out after a couple of years.

And that’s still seen as a failure in that world.

He needed a couple of months to bounce back from that. And when he was back in full health, he decided to help people with their work-life-balance from then on.

I respect his career switch.


Asking A Truckload Of Questions

Because I have been there myself.

Although I have never been truly involved with the 9–5 doctrine, I have struggled for years coming to grips with it.

And a lot of my friends and family members are looking to escape from it too.

That’s why don’t believe that the universe is random. Me bumping into him means something.

So I did what I usually do and asked a truckload of questions.

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Luckily, he didn’t mind.

He turned out to be an aspiring writer as well and you probably know that fellow writers can talk for hours. I don’t have to tell you that.

He gave me a lot of useful tips for improving my writing. And he also helped me to better manage my happiness levels.

One tip was especially valuable.


Managing Your Energy Levels

I have heard the saying before.

But I liked hearing him state it one more time:

Don’t waste energy reshaping the past.

It makes sense because we have limited energy. And thus, managing your energy levels is extremely important.

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Wasting your precious time and energy on trying to change the past is a bad idea. You better use it to improve the future.

Because the future is still open.

The past is limited, the future is unlimited.

My friend reminded me of that again and I really needed it.

The future is going to be amazing.


I doubt I see my college friend ever again.

He’s travelling back to the states where his family, friends and clients are.

I do hope we stay in touch this time, because he’s an interesting character.

There are too few true outliers in this world. And we’re going to need them very soon.

I’m certain of that.


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