We set out on the patio of one of our favorite places with heavy rain beating mercilessly against the patio roof. “We’ll be here until closing,” we both laughed and reaffirmed our statement when a few hours later the restaurant attendant announced they’re closing. In this unpredictable maze called life there are friends to be there for you when it rains, friends to have fun with, friends to get wisdom from, friends to just be yourself with, friends to keep you accountable, or like in this case, friends to dream out loud with, to hope for greater things and to look past your limitations and your surroundings. That night I was particularly thankful that Julia is that friend for me. When my skies are grey, she’ll help me paint a mental rainbow with vivid colors and with new opportunities, and will force me to dream bigger, to dream outside myself. As Julia often says, “you never know.” There might be things around the corner for us that will simply blow us away. New opportunities will open up we’ve never dreamed of; exciting adventures will unfold we’ve only read about in books. Thank you Julia for spending a rainy Monday with me, it will be one to remember.