I’ve come to appreciate the small gifts of life: the teasing between colleagues, a scrumptious macaron; the excitement of attending a social event, the catching up with old friends and the joy in finding commonality with strangers.
Lately, I’ve spent more time investing in quality friendships and connections. While there always seems to be a struggle to find a life balance, I find it easier with a good support system. I am blessed to be surrounding by many good hearted beings. I’ve come to see how important it is to check in on each other, have random adventures and quiet nights in. With so much going on, how does one nurture your friendships, spend quality time with family, make time for self care, maintain a full time job, carve out time to play and still somehow find and maintain a romantic relationship?
The answer? You just keep trying.
Tonight I attended a Shelter Movers event where I was able to re-connect with distant friends. I learned a lot and I felt more at ease because I stopped building a wall. I allowed myself to stop overthinking and just embodied the simple idea of staying present. It was a personal success and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
My social anxiety was something I never wanted to admit to. It’s kept me from genuinely forming connections and it’s held me back tremendously. But I’m beginning to fight harder and it feels so damn good–one day at a time.
But what really touched my heart? A surprise bouquet of flowers from my best friend, sister and soulmate.