So this will be a quick one, but I definitely had some happenings over the last week that I wanted to share.
Friends are amazing. I know this is an obvious statement, but over the last five days I was really reminded just how blessed I am in that aspect of my life.
Last Friday I was preparing for a quick trip to Washington, D.C. The plan was to leave out of Austin on Saturday and head back on Wednesday. And then life happened. That seems to be how it goes. We make plans, and then life has other plans in mind. Tricky.
By 12:30 a.m. Friday night, I found myself in the ER.
No worries; I’m all good. And I was able to head back to work today. Yay!
But I was definitely bummed that I would miss my trip, and I felt pretty bad health wise. Actually I felt horrible. And as I laid in the hospital bed staring at the clock go from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., I was seriously considering attempting to make my flight later that day. Why do we do that to ourselves? Why do we try to rationalize ideas that we know are just bad? But common sense kicked in, and I knew I’d have to meet Olivia Pope another time.
I was disappointed. No other way around it. But my sweet friends certainly know how to make a girl smile when she’s down. I received such a genuine, honest outpouring of love and concern from my closest friends, that I was truly moved. Friends who were on vacation in New Orleans and Miami made it a point to reach out to me-consistently-throughout the weekend to check on how I was feeling. Friends reminding me to leave my stubbornness at the door and ask for help if I needed it. Phone calls, texts, homemade soup, gift cards…but more than that. People actually taking time out of their busy, busy day to see if I was okay. To see if I needed anything and meaning it. That is so precious and rare. Of course we expect these acts from our family, and I certainly don’t take that for granted either. My family is beyond amazing. But friendship is something a bit different. People who were once strangers in your life turn into such integral parts of who we are and how we live. And it is surely not something I take for granted. I am beyond fortunate to have a handful of friends who are not only there when I’m celebrating, but are also there when things aren’t going great.
I already knew my friends were wonderful. But I was quickly reminded just how wonderful.
We all have people in our life that we go to happy hour with, workout with, share an occasional shopping trip or movie with on a Saturday afternoon. But to have truly authentic, transparent friendship is invaluable.
I urge you to go tell your core group of friends just how special they are to you. I know they’ll appreciate it. 🙂