This month I’m featuring posts as a part of #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.
December 16 – Friendship How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)
I’ve thought a lot about friendships this past year. This has been a big transition year for me, and unfortunately there hasn’t been much time for world altering perspectives — wait, that was supposed to be altered world perspectives, or is it perspectives that alter the world? Anyway, mostly it seems that friendships have altered how I view myself this year. I’ve met some online friends in real life, and watched as they’ve merged my online person and the “live” me. I’ve witnessed some online friends face challenges, and seen shades of my younger self in how they dealt with things — giving me an appreciation for the (tiny bit of) patience and perspective I’ve gained in my older age. I’ve had a new friend tell me openly how she saw me — and that was a touching moment. I’ve encountered many wonderful women who are open with their struggles to be creative and still mother with their whole heart. All of these friends have impacted my life this year. I hope in some way my presence here has offered something to their lives as well. I’m hoping in the coming year I can cultivate more such relationships, and more of them face-t0-face.