Every time I go home to California, my friend calls me to hang out. I want to, but I usually excuse myself and say I can’t. She makes a good living and tends to splurge so when we go out to lunch, it usually costs around $25 for each of our meals. For someone who lacks the stable income that comes with a corporate job, lunch isn’t something I can afford to splurge on.

I suggest restaurants more in line with my budget but because she’s already acquired a taste for the finer foods, she refuses to compromise.

So I think: Is it the food that’s important, or being able to hang out with one another? 

Where we eat shouldn’t matter because the whole purpose is to see one another. It’s not about what you do, what you eat, but who you’re with. It’s the company that matters.