I was organizing old photos and came across my folder from my Boston road trip 2 years ago, and was reminded of beautiful and relaxing the city was and I decided to blog about it, this isn’t a trip review although I have to inform you now, theres a twist to this post.
Two years ago, a close friend of mine Anjali and I decided to finally carry out our plans of going to Boston M.A, I can’t tell you how we came up with the idea of it that part of my memory is foggy(Give me a break, I’m starting to feel the of age pains) but I can tell you that this trip was amazing from start to finish. My close friend is about 5’3 or 5’4 feet but even being that short she’s full of energy and a great persona, a genuine polite girl unlike any other, she was annoying but I tell you we never argued, we were great friends we always laughed about the stupidest things, made a joke/insider out of everything and anyone. It’s one of those friendships where you see someone and you automatically know they’re going to do or say something stupid(that was me) but she was expecting it and that’s what was great about it.She knew me and I knew her and we clicked idk somehow we just got one another.Also she’s one of the most beautiful women you’d ever lay your eyes on, natural beauty at that. Alright there’s that sooo….
The car ride was great, I mean honestly I love driving its so relaxing and I usually hate driving with people but she’s perfect company. Honestly thinking about the car ride going there is making me smirk and laugh as she came across a dope reggae mix on soundcloud(now pause)*IF YOU’RE CARRIBEAN AND YOU LISTEN TO REGGAE MIXES WITH A LIVE DJ ON THE TRACK YOU KNOW HE’S SCREAMING “SKIN OUT YUH CYAT” “SHOW YUH ASS DEH GYAL” ETC ETC”(back to the story) the weather was warm and we were stuck in traffic with the windows down meanwhile this DJ is going bonkers on the mix and cars are passing looking at us like “uhm what”.
Moving along, I was excited about this trip I really didn’t travel much growing up, I chose to fully support myself and that meant alot of sacrifices for living so this was officially my first road trip.We spent two days there and honestly the minute we step foot out into the city there was nothing like the energy I felt. The view of the city, the water surrounding it, the cleanliness, the air, there was nothing like it. Now Boston is small but honestly it’s like its own little world. I was amazed, and for two days we covered that city, museums,parks,landmarks,restaurants, oh and let me not forget the WALKING SO MUCH WALKING. Not that I minded, the city was so gorgeous I wanted to explore every end of the city. For some reason I felt tied to that city it was amazing, what also made it interesting is that I was currently playing FALLOUT 4 which is based off the city of M.A so I was going crazy identifying landmarks the game had that were based off the city. I’m literally walking the Freedom Trail boasting about how many supermutants and feral gouls I’ve killed excited as I’m trailing it back the video game, all the while shes like “shutup omg shutup omg you’re going crazy right now you’re super excited its annoying (women even best friends can’t understand video games” We walked the freedom trail, Saw Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution.
One thing that stuck out into to her especially was our visit to the Isabella Gardner Museum (Now we’re both a fan of art moreso her than me) but this museum was beautiful she was boasting ” ha ha I get a student discount” and I’m replying “haha you’ll never graduate” since she was always complaining she was failing and I was forever labeling her a dumbass” but I was wearing a Red Sox hat and I got a discount as well. Anyways let me tell you this museum was amazing, and the exhibits they had were beautiful.
But there was one thing that stuck out to her, this exhibit/painting/quote
The quote states “To Be Generous is to be selfless and thus unafraid of being vulnerable. If you’re afraid to be generous in this world you’re selfish”
Now It was a great quote but it was common sense to me, since that’s what I practice and preach. I’m a very generous guy most of my friends tell me TOO Generous, But I can’t help it, it’s just who I am.But to her this post was helping her at a great time of need, UNFORTUNATELY the gift shop had nothing she could take home of this beautiful piece of art. Only the photo my phone captured. So that’s basically our trip in a nutshell, topped off by fancy restaurants, drinks, great company, good vibes and great weather for 2 days. I will never forget that trip it was a great memory for me and a once close friend. So thus the end of the trip
BUT NOT THE END OF THE POST……
Unfortunately me and her had a falling out at the beginning of last year, a little personal so I won’t get into it, but I was the one to end the friendship. See I was hurt by something she had did that signified she didn’t really care for me as a friend, but I also understand what things one must do in their lives for their own happiness, so there was no ill will, I respected her choices, wished her the best as she did and we left it at that.
4th of July weekend 2016
I was hanging out with one of my younger cousins more frequently, as I had a new road trip buddy as he had a job and was of age. We wanted to just do something 4th of July, since it was a long weekend and we just wanted to get away so I suggested Boston for the weekend and he was down with it.
While we were on our way to hit Faneuil Hall and get some food, I knew the subway system well and
he was asking “How you know so much shit about this place you came here before right? with who”
“I came with my old best friend Anjali, you remember her? she’s been at family parties”
Now thank god for his horrible memory, cause I went fishing for a picture of her, she had nothing on her page so I went through her sisters page and found photos she and Anjali were tagged in. They were recent college graduation pictures of my old friend Anjali
I was shocked, amazed,proud. I knew this girl since I was 19 and and I was 26 then, she’d been through alot(mostly caused by herself lol) but still doesnt defeat what a milestone achievement this was. I was so proud of her and happy, I wish I had known because I would’ve went crazy knowing she was graduating.
On the last day when me and my cousin were heading back home A thought came to me. “I should go back to that museum to see if they have anything from that exhibit”. So I went back to the museum,paid for admission and went into the gift shop. TO FIND THAT THEY HAD THAT EXACT SAME PAINTING THAT SHE WISHED SHE COULD HAVE GOTTEN A YEAR AGO. It was fate, I couldn’t believe it the painting that meant so much to her, was there. I bought it, gave my unused ticket to a mom and daughter just walking in(I know i’m chock full of good deeds) and drove straight home to the UPS office and shipped it to her secretly as a graduation present.
I was amazed how the universe conspired in that moment, Imagine when me and Anjali took the trip and she loved that painting they didn’t have anything in the gift shop, only for me to love that city so much to want to go back and see that she had graduated and being the person I am,not only wanting to get her a gift for graduating BUT TO REMEMBER THAT EXACT PAINTING, IN THAT MUSEUM.
She messaged me on FB messenger the next day to wish me a thank you, and I had told friends about it and what her reaction was and most of them were like that’s it? but to be honest I didn’t care, I knew she loved it and I was happy for just that. That was my satisfaction out of it, just knowing it made her happy that someone remembered something so closely about her, and wanted to something thoughtful for her. To this day I can’t even begin describe how shocked I was at the universes hand in playing it’s part to obstruct something like this to happen. I was happy, and that’s honestly the type of guy I am lol that’s how big my heart is.
This Past week 2018
She messaged me, and told me she wrote about the gesture I did for her concerning the gift and the painting.
ALL IN ALL
Sometimes we fall out with people, for good reasons or bad.But honestly just because you stop being friends with someone doesn’t mean you have to stop caring. Anjali will always be someone close to me, whether or not I am to her, and it’s because she was there for me when a lot of people were not, she understood me, she supported me, she believed and helped me out. There were alot of great memories between us and when I saw she graduated I was proud of her and how far she’d come and I just wanted to let her know that.
The reason why the universe conspired that day in:
1.Getting me to Boston
2.Helping me find out she graduated
3.Making my memory great to remember the painting
It’s unbelievable, and I’m not being cliche about it, It really was intuition and I’m astounded by how I listened and that came about. Some of you may be reading this and thinking(YOU LOVE HER YOU WANT HER) but I don’t she’ll always be a friend to me, other female friends has claimed she may have feelings for me, I doubt that, but it’s also clear I don’t have control of life and where it takes us, and what can happen, so honestly confusing or not I’ll just leave that there.BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY
“To Be Generous is to be selfless and thus unafraid of being vulnerable. If you’re afraid to be generous in this world, you’re selfish”
-Dedicate this to my close friend Jeetanjali D. Sawh
Always wishing you the best big head