It's been a while. I've missed you all! *hugs all the lovely people* I regret to say that I am only coming back for a short post, and my posts will likely be pretty short until the end of the end of July. In the meantime, I've learned sooooo much in June, I need to write multiple posts to try to capture what I can of it all.
In short, the month of June was 193482039481409 times more crazy than I'd given it credit to be. I did not have a single day where I didn't have something going on somewhere, and I didn't have any time to take a breath and say hello to all you lovely
The first week of June I had a lovely day camp with my church. Our theme was, "I Am Mine No More" and it was lovely and beautiful and encouraging and eye opening. It ended on Wednesday, and then I had a babysitting job and lots of packing for the workshop to do.
Here's the first big thing that happened guys.
And I've got to tell the story dramatically because I AM A WRITER, OKAY? Okay. Thank you for understanding.
You see, my friends surprised me before I left for Minnesota. On Friday, June 10th, I received a text from one of my writer friends that lives near me. She told me she had a gift for me and asked if she could come by my house and give it to me.
As I've said, I have a big family. When we are getting ready for a vacation, the house is C R A Z Y. And we were leaving the very next day for a nine day vacation, so I saw the text and was kind of like, "ummmmmmmmmm."
I asked if I could meet her in town after work instead, and she agreed. I met her outside our local coffee shop. I went to her car door and opened it and she had this big box in her lap.
I was really surprised. At this point, I'd been thinking she probably got me a journal or a book or something. But this was way too big. And when she handed it over, it was heavy.
At this point, I was really bewildered. I just kept thinking, What on earth?
She handed me a card. "Read this first," she said. "It will explain everything."
I opened the card.
Inside were the names of twelve of my online friends. And as soon as I saw those names, I realized what must be in the box. But how? How could they do this for me? And why?
And as soon as I saw the dell logo, I knew for sure.
For some reason that I can hardly fathom, twelve of my online friends had gotten together and bought me a laptop.
I cannot begin to explain how much this means to me. I am still reeling in shock. I do not deserve this gift, and yet it has been given to me.
I am so, so thankful to everyone who pitched in and helped make this happen. Not only did they give me a laptop (which I am using to write this post, by the way), but I have been given so much more. They taught me something I could not learn on my own.
This post is already getting long, so I'm going to wrap up with this first lesson I learned this June.
You are never as alone as you think you are.
Writing is a lonely business. It's sad and scary and stressful. Few people understand exactly what we're doing, and even fewer can understand the pain that it causes us.
To realize that I was not alone - and for a really strange reason, I felt this way - to realize that there were people out there who believed in me enough to make this happen for me and give me this amazing gift, was a huge relief and encouragement to me.
I had felt so alone, but I wasn't. There were so many people out there who believed in me, and there still are. I was just blinded by my own stupidity and low self esteem.
|See me? That's me. Holding a laptop. I HAVE A LAPTOP, GUYS.|
Never be fooled into thinking you are alone. This is one of the worst lies you could ever hold. Don't let it get to you. There are lots of writers out there, and we writers are crazy amazing and encouraging. Even if you don't have many writing friends, make some! There are tons of people out there who you can reach out to. People out there who believe in you, even if they don't know you very personally.
Because some of these people I don't even know that well. One of them I'd never even talked to. I'd just seen her around the Go Teen Writer's Facebook group. Yet she was willing to help make this happen for me.
People can be so good. And writers, especially, are an amazing group of people.
Make writer friends and stick with them. Lean on them.
You are not alone.
How about you guys? Do you have many writing friends? Have they taught you lessons you could never have learned on your own? Share your thoughts with me! <3