Blogtober 2018, Thankful Thursday 2018

Thankful Thursday: New Friends

I’ve never been great at making friends. In high school, the way I made friends was latching onto one or two nice people who made the mistake of being polite to me and integrating myself into their friend-group. After high school, I had one person who I could honestly call my friend (and even then barely), and all of my social outings happened through her.

Through her, I met Pup, and when she and I fell out, Pup’s friends became my new friends. After we fell out with them, it was pretty much just me and Pup against the world, even after we broke up.

But, lately, I’ve been making friends left-and-right. And, honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful.

I mean, of course, it’s nice to have people I can text and talk to and maybe go out and do things with.

But, beyond that, it’s nice to have people who care about me and support me. I have a network of people I can reach out to if I need to talk or need help with something, both online and in the real world. I can’t remember the last time I had options of people to talk to.

My blogging family is just… amazing. I couldn’t even begin to list by name every one who has helped and supported me on this journey, but you can find a few of them in my sidebar to the right. If it weren’t for them, I probably would have abandoned this place back in May when my WordPress plan expired. They really have been an invaluable source of motivation and support, and I love them all like blood.

Of course, I’ve also been making friends off-line, mostly through church.

My church family is amazing. I’ve never met so many kind, generous people in my life. If I have a problem, I know I can go to any of them and they will give me honest advice and deliver it with love. If I’m ever in need, I know they’ll have my back.

This is all so new to me, I’m still not entirely sure how to handle all the love that’s been coming my way, lately. When I think about it, I honestly tear up a little bit.

I love you all. Truly.

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4 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: New Friends”

  1. Aw. I love this. I feel the same way about my blogging family. In the last year, becoming blog/online buddies with you, Kat, Katie, Pip, Mona, Nova, et al. and finding a writing buddy/kindred spirit with my friend Chase, it’s been a good year. I wouldn’t give you all up for the biggest cinnamon crunch scone. And that’s saying something.

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  2. I think some friendships are meant to be permanent and some are not. I’ve never been a “big circle of friends” person, but it gets even smaller as I get older, which I think has to do with the fact that I put up with much less drama and bullshit! A few years ago I fell out with a couple of friends that I had known since high school, and that was kind of crushing to me because I felt like they were family. But there are members of my family I don’t talk to because they’re toxic, so I guess the same can happen with long-term friendships. I’ve known Lori for almost 20 years and yet I’ve never been in the same room with her. I would trust her with my life, though, so that’s really saying something! I have two besties that I met at Satan’s Butthole and we’ve been friends for 17 years now, and I feel comfortable in saying that I don’t think they’ll screw me over like the previous besties did. And you’re right, it’s wonderful to have “options” and feel like you’re part of a group or groups. This little blogging clique we’ve formed has been wonderful for me. Nobody else I know in “real life” writes or blogs, so they don’t get it and I can’t talk to them about it. You all have been very supportive and always provide feedback when I need it, and I wouldn’t trade you guys for that giant scone either! 🙂

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