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OK, I know that sounds awful and maybe even a little cruel. But the older I get the more I want to be alone. Some of my closest friends are the girls I have known since preschool.
However, the older we get, the easier it is to stop seeing each other or even check in with each other. I really, really want to say yes to all of those questions but my youngest daughter, Faith, decided to prove me wrong. Let me explain. The other day, I was at the swimming pool with my spunky five-year-old. She is a new swimmer without any help from floatation devices, and the pool has brand new possibilities for her.
She loves the pool so much that every day when I come home from work, she has her suit on and is ready to go. Anyway, Faith was swimming and then she spotted another little girl her age who I had never seen before. She immediately left my side to swim to the girl.
And then she asked a very simple question:. The little girl said yes, they exchanged names, and then took off, leaving me behind. For four hours, they played in the pool, ate crappy food, built forts together, and even planned their birthdays together. Faith had found a new best friend. I was also told that we were not to leave the pool to go home until her friend was leaving. Heaven forbid she missed out on the fun. It made me realize that as I have gotten older, the simplicity of making a new friend gets harder and harder. By my age 41it seems virtually impossible.
There are a lot of reasons why this happens. None are surprising. Life just gets super busy. What if I do the work to get a new friend and they are completely draining?
She reminded me that God ingrained a need for community in all of us. Then the older we are, the more we turn this instinct down and eventually sometimes even completely off. When we are alone, we have no one encouraging us, we have no one to share burdens with, and we have no one to have fun with, life kinda sucks.
Faith showed me that at the pool. Her fun went up ten-fold when she met her new friend. So I have taken a couple of steps to remedy my own forced isolation. Step 1: One of my long-time friends planned a night out and I actually went! It was so much fun. We laughed so much that my stomach hurt. Step 2: I renewed a friendship that I thought was lost.
The text turned into meeting for coffee, which now has turned into meeting every other Thursday morning. There might always be a part of me that will continue to want to blow off friends and give into isolation.
There will always probably be times when I cave and choose loneliness. But, and this is a big but, God reminded me in one week how old friends can bring me joy, how renewed friendships can be revitalizing, and even how new friendships can bring hope. I have a choice to make. Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling This stuff helps us figure out how many fruitcakes to make come December.
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