You know that feeling when you meet someone and you instantly feel like they “get” you? You feel safe and comfortable with them right away – like you’ve known them forever?
I do. I’ve met two incredible women “IRL” (In Real Life) through my blog and the Booze Free Brigade (the private FaceBook group I belong to). One of these new friends lives about 10 minutes away. I’ve met her a handful of times for coffee and/or early morning walks. Our lives have many dissimilarities, but we each understand where the other is coming from. We’ve been able to share our stories, openly and honestly. And it’s a beautiful thing, the power of “me, too….” There’s absolutely nothing like talking to someone who has walked the same path and experienced the same struggles and triumphs.
I can trace the other friendship back to a specific date: April 14th, 2015. That’s the date she emailed me after stumbling onto my blog. What began as a casual email conversation has bloomed into what I truly believe will be a lifelong friendship. She and her husband traveled to our town over Labor Day weekend, and we spent a couple of days talking, eating, shopping, and mostly, sharing and laughing. It was also great for my husband to be able to talk to hers – and for them to be able to share their experiences with each other.
Well, I guess the point of this post is to encourage you to reach out and make connections with people who understand this journey. It’s easy to feel “other than” in a world that seems to be obsessed with the inclusion of alcohol for every occasion. Having a connection with and talking to people who are traveling the same road is immensely comforting.
To that end – if you’d like information about the BFB, just send me an email and I’ll give you the secret handshake! It’s my very favorite place on the internet.