Happy Monday, loves!
Today, I'll be talking about something a little...taboo, if you will. Making friends.
Sometimes life gets busy, especially life with the military. You're constantly moving to a new city, setting up shop, and getting acquainted just to pick up and do it all over again next year. Not to mention the fact that we all have lives, right? We work and we have a home and families that need tending to, so it's difficult to carve out time to build relationships with others.
It's uncomfortable to admit because it seems so silly and unimportant, but it's extremely challenging to make friends as adults.
As kids, it was easy. Children are open-minded and curious. Making friends just came naturally to us then because we were always around the same people and we weren't so afraid to look stupid. Now, there are so many insecurities holding us back that I think we hide behind our busyness to avoid having to step out of our comfort zones, for fear of looking foolish.
I've had my share of life's busy periods and I've hid behind them out of fear. That fear has cost me many opportunities to form relationships with other women, and has, in turn, left me lonely and wanting.
While my husband is a fantastic friend and incredibly patient listener, he can never take the place of a great girlfriend. We all need the kind of friend we can call just to enjoy a chick flick and a glass of wine with. We need the kind of friends who will notice when we're hurting or slacking or just plain lost and who will give us that encouragement (or maybe a swift kick in the rear!) to push us forward. You deserve it. I deserve it. We all owe it to ourselves to cherish a relationship that will last a lifetime.
So the next time someone new asks if you'd like to get coffee or a fellow blogger reaches out to you to start a conversation...don't be afraid to say "yes." Take that as an opportunity to start a great friendship. :)