There are only so many times in life that someone will see who you really are and love you for it. Only so many times you will be known in the way that you want to be.
There are only so many times that someone will thank you, deeply and genuinely, for something difficult you did. Only so many times you will feel appreciated for what is, in fact, really hard work.
The poignance of this rarity hit me like a wave Sunday night as I was walking home. I'd had two such moments that day. One in which I was seen, and one in which I was thanked. Quiet, private moments with people I've gotten to know a little bit, and respect. It didn't hit me until I was off the train and almost back to my apartment how lucky I was.
Life is short. Moments like this are finite. Connections between open-hearted, communicative people who will see and appreciate one another are few and precious.
When you find someone like this, hang on to them for as long as you can. Find ways to give back to them what they've given to you.
Trust me: the further you get along this road, the more you will realize that this, more than anything, is some of what counts most.