I can’t even imagine how difficult it must have been for you to keep those feelings bottled up that you’d share tears, fears, and secrets to a stranger. I am thankful that I walked over to you even though it was just to introduce myself since our kids started to play together and I’m new to the neighborhood. I am thankful that you were able to take a moment to focus on yourself and vent without filter. I am thankful that you just let go of your worries for a moment just so you could share what has been eating you up inside. I loved it when you said you didn’t care to tell me because you didn’t know me. It was just honest and sincere so I didn’t feel used, I felt like I was exactly what you needed and I am thankful I was there. Then you asked me for my number before it was time to go and I was excited because I’ve been hoping to make a new friend.
What you don’t know is that I wish I had done something like that when I was standing where you are now. I didn’t. I kept it all in and had to figure it out all on my own. I admire you in a moment where you are probably feeling the least confident or secure. You reminded me that
Just because you can do it on your own, doesn’t mean you have to.
Then, something even more wonderful happened. The mom I came to the pool meet up with showed up with her son and he ran to join in on the growing group of kids playing. You didn’t stop talking though, you just kept going and now there were three of us. You reminded me how wonderful it is to feel like a part of a group that completely understands all of the emotions you are expressing and even the ones you’re still holding on to. We each shared parts of our stories and for a moment it was if we had know each other for a lifetime. Then, you shared something with us that you said you had never shared with anyone else and you reminded me how scary words could be. Once you said it I saw the relief on your face and the night went on. I hope that facing that fear will open the door for you to find the power to face all your other ones. I hope you know you are stronger than you know.
We exchanged numbers but if I never hear from you again, thank you for that night of genuine connection. I wish you and your kids all the best.
- The blog that I am contributing to is up and running. It is so cool to see my picture (above) among other amazing contributors. Check it out: Healthy Is The New Skinny Blog
- The YouTube Channel is up and running as well!
If you want me to talk about anything in particular. Let me know and I’ll give you a shout out on the video! xoxo