Yeah, some headline, huh? I felt the need for a Fun Friday post as an emotional boost after this difficult but necessary essay. It’s been a week of fun firsts as a midlife blogger and auntie while traveling in Pennsylvania for my niece’s graduation from high school.
I don’t know about you, but making new friends in midlife as an over-60, retired woman is not easy for me. I love how the blogging community has embraced me, and I’ve connected with many blogger friends virtually. But I’d never met any IRL, face-to-face, until this week.
I was a bit nervous about meeting the dynamic and 20-years-younger Libby of The Goddess Attainable. She was my first blogger follower here on WordPress when I started blogging last year — graciously following me back after I found and followed her goddess content. When I was still doubting my courage to be vulnerable and real here, Libby’s supportive comments helped me grow bolder and more confident. So when we arranged to meet during this trip to Philly, I didn’t want to f*ck it up. I don’t know why I can still turn into an insecure 12-year-old at 62, but I’m guessing it stems from being teased and ostracized as a child. Does this happen to anyone else?
I needn’t have been nervous about meeting Libby in person. We connected like old friends, over heaping plates of scrumptious, syrupy blueberry pancakes, perfectly crisp bacon, and golden fried potatoes. We two single goddesses dished about dating, relationships, sex, penis size (yep, we went there), heartbreak, grief, writing, Portugal, budgeting, skincare, sisters, mothers, trauma, forgiveness, self-acceptance, and psychics (long story…perfect for any gathering of goddesses, naturally). Despite our two-decade age difference, nothing was off-limits or awkward, and the hours flew by. I didn’t feel I had to pull my foot out of my mouth even once, which is another first when meeting new folks.
I hope we can get together again at some point, and am excited to potentially meet other blogger and Instagram friends IRL too. Thank you for this fabulous first, GA!
This week also was a time for family celebration as my niece graduated from high school. This was a particularly poignant milestone, since we lost her father, my brother-in-law, to colon cancer in 2018. He and my father, her grandfather, died within months of each other. I continue to be amazed by her — and my sister’s — resilience in the face of adversity and loss. She and my sister planned a wonderful family dinner party at a restaurant in downtown Philly, complete with chauffeur. The only family dynamic that night was laughter and giggles among the Wester women. That might not be a first, but it is certainly a precious rarity. I’m very grateful for that.
What about you? What are you grateful for this week? What has you smiling? Any midlife firsts?
Happy Friday! 💜
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