Thursday evening, I left my work place around 6 PM to head to the East Bay for a basketball game around 7:15 PM or so. Since traffic is pretty bad around this time, I typically call a friend or two to say hi and chat bit. It alleviates some of the boredom of sitting in traffic.
For this night, I initially gave a call to someone I'll call "Friend #1". This person is usually around and we hadn't talked for a while so I thought we could catch up. However, Friend #1 didn't answer so I left a voice mail and continued on with my commute.
As I was driving, it occurred to me that I should call my coworker back ("Coworker #1"). I had called Coworker #1 around 5 PM to ask them something. Alas, Coworker #1 was busy at the time and called me back at 5:30 instead. However, I was busy and missed the call. I thought about calling Coworker #1 back but ultimately didn't. I was out of the office already and talking more about work would probably just drive me crazy. It was around this time that I thought I should give a call to Friend #2 instead. Friend #2 typically gets off work around this time and would be free for a little bit.
However, I resisted because I assumed Friend #1 would call be back. However, 20 minutes into my commute (it turned into an 1 hour, 15 minute total commute), Friend #1 still hadn't called back so I figured they were busy. At this point, I gave up the idea of calling anyone and focused on driving.
Well, a few minutes later, Coworker #1 calls me. Since I'm still on the road, I talk to them a little bit about their day and asked them the question I had. We talked for a few minutes before Coworker #1 had to go because he had some family things to talk care of.
Literally minutes after I hang up with Coworker #1, Friend #2 decides to give me a ring. We again talk for a few minutes about our workday before they have to go.
Lastly, just when I thought no one else would call me (I had put my headset down), Friend #1 calls me back. Unfortunately, I'm the one a little short on time so we only get in a short conversation before I have to go.
All in all, it was great that I talked to these people. I'd had a tough workday Wednesday and stress had been high. So it was good to get a chance to decompress and talk with some people you know. I didn't quite realize it when I was originally driving but felt a lot better after talking to these people.
Sometimes, even though things initially might not go your way (Friend #1 not around, doesn't call back right away), don't fret. It was meant to be that others were around who wanted to talk to you plus Friend #1 got back to me eventually.