Have you ever known someone who you can talk to for like 30 minutes tops, just to realize it’s actually been 4 hours?
I think I’m suddenly going to be ok in the friendship department.
If I can only have one local friend, then at least I seem to have found the one I need.
Lisa and Dawnie are a time zone away. No one can fill the shoes those two fill. Lisa my adventure inspiration. Coaching me up walls, into boats, and one step further on the pavement. Dawnie is my soul coach. She inspires me to greatness in the realms of improving the lives of others. But they are both so far away.
Faith is almost close, but not close enough that I can see her all the time, so I don’t fully consider her local. Plus she is moving to Florida in a year. Of course we’ll still keep in touch, but hanging out even just once a month won’t be an option. In the meantime, she’ll be my kayak buddy. (Side track: I seriously need to get back in a boat soon). We chat though the week and I enjoy the conversation. It’s good to have a local girlfriend I can talk about families and life with.
Not to be forgotten, Patrick, whom I can share the insides and outsides of my soul with. Who has been by my side through all of my ups and downs, riding the roller coaster right along with me. My longest and truest, best friend.
I think the remaining friend role has been filled. Someone to talk about anything to, who actually understands based on their own life experiences, and doesn’t already know all my stories from having lived through them. Someone who is also local, so unlike Dawnie, these conversations can take place in a coffee-house, in a book store, sitting in my living room talking though a movie.
So there are 5. This is the fullest my life has ever been. I never dreamed I could be this lucky in friendship. And I wouldn’t change a thing of it.
I have friends I always needed, family I always wanted, a marriage that has been stable for longer than I thought possible, mental health that is stable, a career I’m loving with all of me, and I’m back in school.
I think everything is going to be OK.