Four years ago I made a big life change. New location. New job. New partner. New step mom role. New way of thinking. New life. I have no regrets about those changes. I am stronger and happier and my life is more meaningful than it has ever been. The only thing that has been lacking the past four years is a community of friends. I still have my family - a few near and several far. I still have my best friend Rosalie who is awesome even though sadly so far away. I still have my friends on facebook. What I haven't had, outside of family (my sister and in laws) are friends that I see regularly - people whose lives are intertwined with mine. I met Nat, my super cool french friend. But life seemed to get in the way. There was kid stuff and work stuff and baby stuff and then she was going to move... and it became a mostly online friendship. Don't get me wrong. I am thankful for my online friendships. But there is something about spending time face to face, side by side with the people you care about. There is something about hugging their neck or a playful nudge with your elbow. Human contact. Tangible connections. Friendship. Companionship. Someone who cares not because they are obligated to but because they want to. Someone to drop by and see. Someone to sit next to in church. Someone whose kids can play with yours. Someone to share your makeup with. Just... someone.
For a while now my need for "someones" has been becoming more apparent to me. I have my family, I have my far away friends.... but I need more regular connections with people here. The first few years I was in NC I was doing a lot of learning, growing, discovering and healing. Last year I was completely, happily focused on my sweet little miss. Just lately I have started to sense a little shift inside myself. I am still loving being Emma's Mama. I love my little girl and I love spending all my time with her. I have started to want to feel like a person... a *woman* again too. I don't want to be a mama any less... I am just ready to add some other things along with it. I am ready to take time in the morning to do my hair and makeup. I am ready to buy a pair of cute shoes and a colorful scarf. I am ready to try Zumba and work on getting my body toned so that I can feel better about how I look. I am ready to have friends to hang out with. I am ready to invest the time and energy into building relationships with people here. So I have been spending a little less time on the internet blogging and a little more time in front of the mirror and in front of a Zumba DVD and at a friend's house. My mother in law has shared some of her cute shoes that she doesn't wear anymore. I haven't been wearing dirty old sneakers quite so much. Some things are changing.
I used to try to look a certain way on the outside to mask what was going on inside. I plastered on a fake smile and did my hair and put on makeup and went through the motions of life just to make it look like my life was happy and whole. But now my life *is* happy and whole. Sure it's not perfect, but it's good and I am where I want to be. So now instead of trying to look like things are a certain way to hide how they actually are I want to reflect outwardly how things *really* are. And I want to be a friend and have friends. I want to be a part of the world around me not just absorbed in my own world. I want to get outside my four little walls, make more meaningful connections. I am ready to live life a little fuller so I am choosing to make it happen.Here's to life and love and not just wishing things were a certain way but making it be.