Earlier this week I had supper with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, and tonight I am doing again. They are former co-workers that I worked with for years and with whom I had formed close relationships. I spent more time with them than I did with my husband! But over a year ago, I left that job. I left my friends behind.
It isn’t until I see them that I realize how much I miss them, and what a support they were to me. I finally am feeling settled in my job, and don’t feel like “the new girl” at work. But I have not formed any friendships like I had before. I get along with people, but I do not feel like I can entirely be myself around them.
I didn’t realize how much I missed this, and how much better it made me feel until I went out for supper on Wednesday. And in ways that I didn’t imagine. Not just feeling supported and empathy, but I felt smart, funny, and beautiful just from hanging out with a friend. My self-confidence was through the roof when I got home. And it felt great. I miss that me.
How do you stay connected to others? How does it impact your mood and outlook on things? Share your success and challenges, so that I know that I am not alone.