I recently packed up my Xbox 360 for a Halo 4 LAN with some of my best friends. The plan was to go to a cabin in the mountains and spend the day surrounded by nature and pizza.
The drive was beautiful. Misty and cold. We had to drive very slowly because of the fog, and it was a nice change from the usual frantic feel of life in general.
Once we got to the cabin, we set up two consoles. One on a TV, the other on a projector.
We played the whole day, shouting [respectful] obscenities and taking breaks to enjoy the fresh air.
We always say we’re going to do this more often, but it ends up being once or twice a year at most.
It made me realize how many plans get pushed back. Not just LANs with these guys… but dinner with friends I haven’t seen in a long time. Phone calls I’ve been wanting to make to stay in touch with people that I love that are far away. It’s easy to say, “Some other time”… and then, I rememebered a moment in the Halo 4 campaign where it is said that time is no longer our ally.
Time is not on our side. Friends are. Keep them. Call them. Treasure them. And whenever possible, kick their asses in multiplayer.