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Blowing Away

April 29, 2009

A few weeks ago a friend of Matt’s, who of course I’ve become friendly with, wrote on my Facebook wall that she wanted to have a girls night with me. At first I thought, okay is there something she needs to talk about? But then I realized that she just wanted us to become friends. I thought, she must be feeling like she doesn’t have enough female connections and is reaching out, and that is cool.
So we set a date and met up last night. She said in a G-Chat as we were planning that she was determined to get to know me, and know me she did.
After mentioning a vacation her and her husband have planned to Italy in July and asking if I’ve ever been, she got to know me very well. I launched in to my story, our story, of the last 3 years of my life, or really the first months after my Dad’s death.
I could see her emotion on her face, her searching for something to say and all she could say is, “Wow. You’re so strong.” Then she said,”And you, you jsut talk about it, you just put it out there.” I honestly think that is what blew her away more than my story. People don’t talk about death. They don’t talk about the things that scare them. I think they need to, I think it is necessary to living a balanced and grounded life.
It makes me want to pick the memoir back up again. I need to keep putting down my story, so others are less scared to tell theirs. It is good to blow people away, and to be blown away every once in a while at how powerful you can be just by speaking your experiences.

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