I still haven’t completely gotten back into the groove of blogging. I was reading through my archives and it reminded me that I had a nice flow to my blogging that I really need to find again. *Sigh* And I continue on.
Last week I had a happy hour date with my friend Nate. I hadn’t seen him in literally years. He now lives in Northern California and thrives as he escaped the oppressive hand of Boise that holds some of us down. He was in town visiting and I missed him the last time he was here, but this time scheduling worked. I very much appreciated that date. It added more fuel to the fire that forever keeps the wheels constantly turning in my head. Nate seems to get me, he sees beyond the confines of this valley and beyond the limited lifestyle that so many of our mutual friends and others fall comfortably within. He told me I was too hungry to be idle. I was thoroughly impressed that he was able to recognize that. Nate is on a different page than most of the people I know around these parts and it was SO refreshing!
And then, I had a email conversation with my friend Staci who is out in Jersey. It feels so great to remain connected to those real people you know, regardless of distance. Staci said to me:
"I've been through kind of a rough few months, but every time I get discouraged I seem to find a truly inspirational post on your facebook page, or I read your blog and say to myself, "if *Lola* can kick ass, then why can't I?" lol. Over the past few months I've had quite a time with one of my friends who I thought was my best friend but who has been a real bitch, etc, and that's made me really think about the people in my life. And i have to say that you are always on my list of people that I consider true friends. I always think back to the days when we were at PRA and how you stood up for me when someone was being an asshole, etc, and how you said not to let anyone get me down and were always there for me. I'll never forget that, and even though you're not close by I know that we'll always keep in touch."
Did I tell you how much I love that lady? She is so REAL. Not to mention an assist that justifies so many of my views.
I met an old friend for dinner this week. Let me preface this by saying I met Miss Nici back when I was 20 years old. That's right, now I am not going to date Nici and I age wise, so let's move on. Anyway, last week I went to see the infamous Patrick and ran into Miss Nici and subsequently we decided on a dinner date. I went to her house and met her three BREATHTAKING children who were so polite and proper to me (in fact I might have been able to take the youngest home). Nici and I discussed our lives and our opinions and it was so nurturing. I remember so many brilliant things she taught me back in the day and to see her now, after so long, and so much change, it was such an amazing blessing, not to mention refreshing. Apparently I needed all these grounding checks from "true" friends and I appreciate them more than I can articulate. They are helping me back into my groove
Can the journey we travel ever be thoroughly and accurately documented? I am beginning to question it... It is such an incredible journey no matter where it takes you, and I am so grateful for the little reality checks, if you will. The past few weeks have been ABSURD, with people literally pouring out of the deepest grains of woodwork. Everything happens for a reason, right?
Count your blessings.