It's nice to hear from old friends. I recently got an e-mail from an old friend I met in college. He had moved to Hawaii and we lost touch. But recently, he dropped me a line to say hi and how "impressed" he was with what I've accomplished. (Apparently, he found our markkat website.) I was touched by his kind words. Really, I was amazed by his perspective on my life and of how he looked up to me and thought I was always "on top of things." I put these words/phrases in quotes because I really don't see my life as if I've accomplished anything major. Right now, I don't think I'm hardly anyone to be looked up to. I'm certainly insecure in many ways (e.g., I feel like I have not started a career and my other friends have; I'm still not financially independent as much as I would like to be; etc.) We are all still growing in that we still learn, continue to forge ahead and find our own paths, try different things, learn from old experiences. But it's always nice to know that there is a bigger picture out there. The way other people view us is sometimes completely different from what we usually think of our own self. This different perspective is what helps us be down-to-earth, be inspired, be more aware of other people's feelings, be more faithful to our beliefs, be daring, and just be "more" in general. Wow...to think I got this from one little e-mail.