Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thank You

By nature, I am quite shy and pretty much a hermit. It is not that I like being a hermit, I just am. I don't drink, so that has kept me out of the bar scene. I like my job, but have to work at not becoming a "workaholic" because it is my major outlet.

That has been changing over the last eight months or so. Through one local forum I came in cyber-contact with a small group of "liberal thinkers" who were not afraid to voice their opinions and some less liberal thinkers who were tolerant of others. Through a second local forum, a good number of those folks have become friends.

If attending my first Blogger Bash was venturing out of my "safe zone", attending my first Friday Night Happy Hour was a "full steam ahead" leap of faith. From Happy Hours, to breakfast, brunch, lunch, house parties, a ball game, karaoke, a campaign event to a "Corn Boil"; I have been places and done things that I probably would not have done by myself. I could have done them, I just would not have!

A realization really hit yesterday while sitting at the German-American Corn Boil at Hickory Grove Park - my friends add a great deal of pleasure to my life and I would like to thank them for helping me crawl out of my self-imposed shell.

Life is good, thanks, guys!

6 comments:

My Flock Rocks! said...

I know what you mean Ramble, since joining PeoriaSpeaks.com we have met a number of wonderful people, and have had more fun than I can ever remember! Life is too short not to enjoy!

Linda said...

If life were like food, you would be the cumin in mine! We have a lot of 'regular' friends and meet them out nearly every week. The difference between my regular friends and my new friends is that I believe we really all have lots in common. Regular friends kind of drift together for various reasons, such as work, proximity, etc. With the people I have now come to love from the forum, it's a true friendship. I am eternally grateful for having met you all.

What's Shaking said...

Ramble--- I know exactly where you are coming from as this last year has been a awaking for me so to speak. I have had so much fun and done so many new things with people from 2 local forums who embraced me. Iam so glad I took the first step by reaching out, thanks to all of you, you know who you are.

mr wonderful said...

Ramble,
Best blog I ever read, cause it truly came from the heart. We have really enjoyed being some small part of your coming out party ...

Rixblix said...

I agree 100%, Ramble. I can't remember what it was like before I met all my new friends...our transition into the community would not have been the same. And you're like the Mom I WISH I had...

Conniesue said...

I enjoy your blog. I'd like to make some new friends too.
Glad you are having some fun.